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Police Investigations: Writing Fact into Fiction

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Retired Detective Sergeant Bruce Robert Coffin will discuss the transition from cop to bestselling mystery author. He will explain how he draws upon nearly three decades of experience to inform his police procedurals, bringing real life to the page.

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron Mysteries and former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

Coffin is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular blog contributor to the Maine Crime Writers and Murder Books blogs.  He lives and writes in Maine.

This event is open to the public and is sponsored by The Cultural Affairs Committee. For more information, contact Dr. Katrina Hoop, khoop@sjcme.edu.

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