Yesterday marked the official beginning of National Police Week. As explained on the official website:
“In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
The fictional cops in the famous series below owe their inspiration to the men who women who put their lives on the line to protect the communities they serve.
Patterson’s signature series features a Washington, D.C. homicide detective and began with Along Came a Spider (1993).
McBain’s legendary series, set in Isola, New York (a fictionalized Manhattan) features a rotating cast of recurring characters. Beginning with Cop Hater (1956), the final installment was Fiddlers (2005).
Beginning with A Rage in Harlem (1957), violent detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson worked a dangerous beat in Harlem for nine novels.
Michael Connelly’s homicide detective plies his trade in L.A. He made his first appearance in The Black Echo (1992).
One of only a few characters to recur in all five novels of the Hollywood Station series (Hollywood Station, 2006), Nathan Weiss (aka “Hollywood Nate”) is a cop who dreams of being a star in L.A.
Described by her creator, author Carol O’Connell, as a “sociopath,” Mallory is a homicide detective in New York City. She first appeared in Mallory’s Oracle (1994).
Leaphorn and Chee
The Blessing Way (1970) marked the first appearances of Joe Leaphorn; Jim Chee made his debut in People of Darkness (1980), a book where Leaphorn played a small part. Eventually, the Navajo tribal police officers would share billing.
The lead character in Sandford’s popular Prey series, Lucas Davenport is a police detective in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He made his debut in Rules of Prey (1989).
Rizzoli & Isles
One half of Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, homicide detective Jane Rizzoli has worked with medical examiner Maura Isles on the mean streets of Boston since The Surgeon (1991).