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Crime Author, Michael Berish.

“The world is full of stories, not atoms.”

    I worked as a patrolman, detective, and supervisor with the City of Miami Police Department for twenty-two years; thirteen of which were spent as an undercover detective in the REAL Miami Vice where I worked everything from Narcotics & Vice, Prostitution, Gambling and Pornography, to Dignitary Protection of President Jose Napoleon Duarte (of El Salvador) and Pope John Paul II.

    Bad things happen in "the Pit," a notorious crime-infested ghetto in downtown Miami.  My experiences as a Miami police officer serve as fuel for these exciting, intense stories about life as a cop in a tough part of a big city.

    "REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT" pulls no punches; it shows you the good, the bad, and the ugly (warts and all); the dark side of police work, both the humor and the tragedy & covers more than one hundred years of Miami history.

These police stories have been published in numerous national magazines and have won several writing awards.

    "Reflections from the Pit" was awarded BEST FICTION NOVEL by the Public Safety Writers Association.

    If you are looking for politically or culturally correct stories, read no further; these tales are not meant to be.  In fact, some stories are openly racist and sexist in nature, which is exactly what a police department is at times: a racist, sexist, prejudicial, homophobic, bureaucratic institution where brutality—of all forms and every description (physically and mentally)—and injustice abound.

    This is not just another collection of rehashed police stories with shoot-outs, car chases, and damsels in distress.

    I feel my approach to storytelling is unique in that all of these stories contain individual, quirky, off-center characters that focus on their basic character flaws while dealing with the social issues of the day.  They are meant to be snapshots into the dark side of police work and deal with segregation, teenage prostitution, crazies who think they have been abducted by aliens, the murdering of transvestites, the lack of compassion and sympathy by the younger generation for their elders, the stupidity of criminals and the cowardice of police officers in the face of danger (the latter of which is rarely seen on TV), hangings from police cruisers, affirmative action, Cuban freedom fighters a.k.a. terrorists, the callousness of society towards the homeless, drug-dealing cops and corruption, bungled police stings, the "don’t get involved" syndrome, the raping of the elderly, and police brutality and its senseless violence.

     When you finish reading “Reflections from the Pit,” you’ll be wondering: "I never knew people like this, much less cops, ever existed!"  It’s a story about modern day gladiators in an arena, much like ancient Rome’s, where the cops and the bad guys battle, sometimes to the death, in "the Pit."

    NOTE: To order any of my books (either hardcover, paperback, E-books, new, used, or personalized authographed copies of my book), or to contact me reference any questions, information, etc., please go to my ORDER BOOKS - CONTACT ME page, at the top of this website, or CLICK HERE.


    This is an anthology by fifteen cops/writers (I happen to be fortunate enough to have been selected as one) from Miami to Maine, New York City to Los Angeles with stops in New Orleans, Montana and Maryland.

    It’s a walk on the dark side of police work: cops who partake in police brutality, murder, bribery, pay-off’s, bank robberies, pyromania, and laundering money.

    In this book you will find: Good cops gone bad, bad cops gone worse, police in the city, sheriffs on the hunt, cops on the beach, cops on the take, fights to the death, ninjas and nunchuckas, hookers and dealers, good guys and bad guys, and the Devil’s own cop.  It’s a book you won’t easily forget.

 Testimonials reference: "BAD COP, NO DONUT."

 "Bad Cop, No Donut includes some of the most riveting stories I have read to date.  It's a top-notch crime fiction anthology."
Donald Bain, author of the "Murder, She Wrote" series.

 "A ride-around with some of the best cops and best cop writing in the business!"
David Black, author of The Extinction Event and writer for CSI Miami and Law & Order.

 "This collection is written by a squad of fine writers--some of whom are current or retired real-life cops.  Gritty, hard-hitting, authentic, and edgy--and guaranteed to keep you turning the pages."
Raymond Benson, author of the James Bond anthologies "The Union Trilogy" and "Choice of Weapons."

 "Nobody writes about these guys.  These are the cops we keep locked in the deepest, darkest precinct basements.  Now they're out.  And the reader is in for a rare treat in these wild, wonderful, and all too real, stories.  It's about time."
Lt. Ed Dee, NYPD (ret.), author of The Con Man's Daughter.

 “Bad Cop, No Donut is a fast paced journey through the darker side of law enforcement. Not only are the stories written by seasoned cops, but they are road-tested writers, as well.  It is a page-turner in the classic sense - you really will be asking yourself 'what could possibly go sideways next?  With this anthology you will make the trip in law enforcement from bad to worse, with an occasional side trip to redemption - well, almost.”
Lt. Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), author of Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style.

 "The Police Officer is a unique figure in literature, both hero and villain.  'Bad Cop...No Donut' is a collection of short stories focusing on the cop, and the many different routes they can go with their duty and power.  Corruption that has already sank in, hunting criminals, life and death situations, and Satan himself are some of the themes used throughout.  'Bad Cop...No Donut' is a fun and very highly recommended read."
5 out of 5 stars.  A fun and very highly recommended read. (June 11, 2010)
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) that appeared on

“Bad Cop, No Donut” edited by John L. French.
Posted by Luke Forney on October 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM
NOTE: Bad Cop, No Donut was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Dark Quest Books.

 "I read some mystery and crime fiction on occasion, but not often, and not nearly as much as I would like.  Especially rare are original crime anthologies.  So, when I received Bad Cop, No Donut, I dove at the chance to explore some new crime stories from the darker side of the genre.

"What I found in Bad Cop, No Donut was a buffet of stories that were even better than expected.  Editor John L. French’s “The Last Convention” was exciting from first word to last.  C. J. Henderson’s “A Fine Officer” is up to his usual high standards as well.

"However, there were two that really took the cake.  Patrick Thomas’ “Dysmayed” took the “bad cop” theme straight to Hell, literally, with the return of his series character of Hell’s Detective.

"The best of the batch, though, was the volume opener, James Chambers’ “Henkin’s Last Lies.”  His characters felt perfectly real, the motivations true, and the plot twists were as believable as they were effective.

"Not to say that there was a truly bad story in the bunch.  You would be hard-pressed to find a new anthology out there that has as high a level of quality as this one.  So if you are a fan of the rough side of crime fiction, of cops gone wrong, and noir fiction, give Bad Cop, No Donut a shot."

 Subject: Review of Bad Cop . . . No Donut (10/24/10) published in Deadly Pleasures.
IT'S ABOUT CRIME by Marvin Lachman
The Short Stop

"Editors of anthologies are reaching far and wide to have different themes.  Take BAD COP . . . NO DONUT (2010; trade paperback from Padwolf Publishing, WWW.PADWOLF. COM.) about police whom the editor John L. French admits are guilty of "conduct unbecoming," or activities that are downright dishonest.  There are 16 stories, 10 of which are published for the first time.  Two are Western mysteries, with Michael A. Black's "For Courage and Honor" about a shootout on the set of a silent film especially good.  One story is even a science fiction crime story.  The best story in the book is French's 1998 story "The Last Convention" about bad behavior at a police convention.  Plot and ending are both clever."

 Deadly Pleasures is a quarterly publication that is widely distributed and highly respected. Marvin Lachman has been reviewing short stories for over 20 years.

NOTE: To order any of my books (either hardcover, paperback, E-books, new, used, or personalized authographed copies of my book), or to contact me reference any questions, information, etc., please go to my ORDER BOOKS - CONTACT ME page, at the top of this website, or

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