“Caller reports there is a bear in their house. Caller is outside in the car.”
Unguarded literary moments from police reports in Northern Wisconsin, this NEWLY-PUBLISHED book is easy reading, small and portable. Open to any page and read a police report "zinger" or read to friends for a good laugh.
Included also are many tender or "just odd" snippets which point at the tone of life in small-town, rural America.
Calls to the police do not begin with “Once upon a time.” They start in the middle of the story, at its dramatic height, and the unguarded, literary moments which result allow us a unique look into our communal psyche.
"Request to remove intoxicated male from home. Update: Subject removed, at which point caller invited subject back in to spend the night."
People love the police reports because out of the blur of petty crime we discover wry wit, evidence that a simpler time still exists and an inimitable brand of small-town humor–in this case–northern style.
"Caller said that while she was partying in Ashland, her car was taken somewhere at sometime by someone. Caller was not sure where she was while making the call."
This book is easy to like. Buy three copies: one for yourself, one for the guest room and one for the outhouse. Priced for impulse sale at $12.95! Available on this site (BOOKSTORE), on Amazon.com and at local bookstores.
May I leave you with a few more favorites?
"Complaint from man who said his wife came home and went crazy."
"Caller very upset about lost puppy. As dispatcher takes information, puppy begins to scratch at back door. Caller very excited. Dispatcher excited too."
"Car entered and nothing taken but caller would like bear trap set in yard to catch people."
"Report of two women causing a disturbance. Update: Women were exchanging children."
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Enjoy! – Ros Nelson