Cops & Writers: How To Get Away With Murder

  • Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Have we got a Crime Panel for you--a former prison warden and two cops! If they can’t answer your questions, who can? 

Please join New York Times Bestselling author Robin Burcell, and award winning writers James L’Etoile and Adam Plantinga for a wide ranging discussion of police procedurals, creating law enforcement characters, and how authors get the authentic details right—or really wrong. Gunpowder or cordite; revolver vs. semi-auto; clip vs. magazine; is it a gun, or piece, or service weapon…

Get the facts and enjoy a great discussion.


Robin Burcell

New York Times Bestselling author Robin Burcell moonlighted as a cop for nearly three decades, while working as a mom fulltime. She wrote police procedurals and international thrillers, until Clive Cussler asked her to co-write with him in the Fargo series (where the good guys sometimes skirt the law, but always save the day). Connect with Robin on Facebook or Twitter.

Adam Plantinga

Adam Plantinga’s first book, 400 Things Cops Know, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the 2015 Silver Falchion award for best nonfiction crime reference.  It was hailed as “truly excellent” by author Lee Child and deemed “the new Bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal.  It was also described by one Amazon reviewer as “kind of interesting but maybe a little bit overpriced.”  His most recent book, also nonfiction, is Police Craft.  Plantinga was a Milwaukee police officer from 2001 to 2008.  He has been in law enforcement for twenty-one years and is currently a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department assigned to street patrol.  His debut novel, Nothing Like Easy, about an ex-cop caught up in a prison riot, is scheduled to be released by Grand Central Publishing in late 2023. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughters. Find out more about Adam at

James L’Etoile  

James L’Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his award-winning novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been twice nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery and Best Thriller, as well as The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include: Dead Drop, Black Label, At What Cost, Bury the Past, and Little River. L’Etoile’s Black Label was recently picked up by Harlequin/Harper Collins in a mass market deal. The book garnered a Silver Falchion Award for the Best Book by an Attending Author at the 2022 Killer Nashville Conference. The Devil Within and Face of Greed are both set to release in 2023. You can find out more at:


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