Dave Freedland is one of the members of PSWA who attended the recent conference. It's a pleasure to have him visit my blog and discuss his book.
It had always been my plan to write following retirement; but I chose fiction because I thought that it might be an interesting way to be creative. I had saved most of my “day-timer” calendars and steno pads over the years with the cryptic notes chronicling my numerous calls for service, crimes investigated, and SWAT call-outs.
I wanted to write something which I felt had not been sufficiently covered in works of either fiction or non-fiction. For years, the image of Special Weapons and Tactics teams members had been that of knuckle-dragging, heavy handed individuals whose only solution to problems was the application of force. However, over time that stereotype began to evolve as more educated, problem-solving leaders filled the ranks of SWAT operators, as evidenced by their frequent top tier placement in supervisory promotional processes.
In Lincoln 9, I created a story about one such individual who, through his experiences in special operations, became the leader of a team of detectives charged with the identification and apprehension of a serial killer.
I took three (3) actual homicide cases that occurred in the City of Irvine, California over a twenty year period and combined them into a plot involving one suspect responsible for all three. It is my hope that readers will develop a greater appreciation of the complexities of homicide investigations, and that the characters will present the sense of tension, teamwork, and professionalism that accompanies elite law enforcement units.
Based upon its ratings and the comments made by several reviewers, Lincoln 9, appears to have, thus far, achieved its desired results.
When Bethany Crutchfield failed to show for Sunday brunch, and her father’s phone calls remained unanswered, it became apparent that his concern was justified regarding her welfare. Police officers from “America’s Safest City,” Irvine, California, discovered a gruesome homicide scene which established Bethany as the first in a series of murders that would ultimately span over two decades.
Lincoln 9 takes place in a city whose reputation for safety and affluence overshadows the fact that the relatively few homicides are among the most vicious and complex cases of human brutality. This is a story of three such cases, combined into a fictional plot and characters, but based upon actual crimes and police officers who risked their lives to bring justice to the perpetrators of these heinous acts of violence.
The story follows the career of Lieutenant Scott Hunter, the consummate cop who ultimately leads a team of detectives in connecting the clues toward solving these murders. His talents not only instilled confidence in the members of his elite unit, but drew the attention of an attractive co-worker remarkably matched in interest and intellect.
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Dave Freedland is a 34-year, decorated law enforcement professional, having served with the Irvine Police, and the Orange County (California) Sheriff’s Departments. Following a competitive athletic career culminating with the award of “UCLA’s Most Valuable Gymnast,” he graduated first in his Sheriff’s academy class. While serving with the Irvine Police Department he managed a variety of assignments including Detectives, Patrol, Internal Affairs, SWAT, and retired at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.
Deputy Chief Freedland was raised in Long Beach, attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on an athletic scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He earned a Master’s Degree in public administration from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
As a competitor in martial arts, he is a former Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national karate , and has trained in Japan, earning a 6th degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan karate. His first novel, Lincoln 9, was published October 2014, by Oak Tree Press.