Today I’m pleased to host retired Chicago Police Sergeant Larry Casey. His book, Stories of a Chicago Police Officer: Serious, Hilarious, Unbelievable, but True, is a collection of personal anecdotes culled from his 30 years’ experience working the streets of the ‘Windy City.’
By way of background, Larry’s grandfather and father were both Chicago cops, therefore his career path seemed predestined. That family history was carried forward in 1977, when at the age of 25 Larry embarked on a three-decade journey that would shock, surprise, humble, and entertain him as he pushed a blue and white around what Frank Sinatra referred to as, That Toddlin’ Town in his iconic song, “Chicago.”
His quest to be the best led him to earn his B.A. and M.A. from Lewis University while still working on the job. That prescience enabled him to begin a new career after retiring from the police department. Larry is now an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Wilbur Wright College.
After reading the stories in Larry’s book, some might consider it a work of fiction rather than a memoir or autobiography. But having been a Chicago police officer, I can attest to the validity of the author’s experiences. My colleagues and I used to look at each other constantly and say, “You can’t make this stuff up.”
The book consists of two sections—the first recalls the author’s experiences working as a patrol officer, while the second concerns his tenure as a sergeant. Both offerings are equally entertaining, and at times, eye opening. His stories are a no-holds barred look into the machinations of both cops and bad guys. Larry gives a down and dirty look at what really happens in big cities, and how cops deal with incidents that most people would never imagine happen.
The bulk of the stories are just one or two pages in length, making the book a perfect beach read or nightstand book. One might read several stories before turning off the lights for the last bit of entertainment of the day. Stories Of A Chicago Police Officer can be purchased from the author’s website: Buy the book, from Amazon: Amazon.com, or from Barnes and Noble.