Sunday, August 11, 2019

8/12/19 at 9:15am pst - Debut novel from former officer, Mark Bergin, battles real world issue of police suicide

Bergin's nearly 30 year career in law enforcement brought him close to a difficult and often overlooked issue in American culture: police suicide. Currently, more police officers are lost to suicide than to conflicts in the line of duty. Bergin brings awareness to this issue in his debut work, “Apprehension” (Inkshares/Quill, July 30, 2019) and has plans to donate a portion of his sales directly to the National Police Suicide Foundation.

“Apprehension” follows the story of Detective John Kelly; he was a pro until his niece was murdered right before his eyes. His family says he failed her, but Kelly can’t share his one shocking, secret – and criminal – act of vengeance. Now, fellow detectives digging in another case can end Kelly’s career and send him to jail. Kelly must ignore this looming threat and focus on protecting a boy from his pedophile father in a slam-dunk trial. Except the hotshot defense attorney is his new girlfriend Rachel Cohen, who hides her duty to destroy him on the stand. While his friends work in secret to save him, Kelly is forced to the breaking point.

Kirkus Reviews calls Bergin “A gritty and authentic new voice in police fiction.”

In an interview, MARK BERGIN will discuss:
  • How his background in law enforcement shaped the novel’s plot
  • How his background as a crime reporter has influenced his writing style
  • The issue of police stress, depression, and suicide, why it’s so prevalent, and what can be done to help
  • Why he chose to give away a portion of the profits from book sales to the National Police Suicide Foundation
  • How we can better unite law enforcement and the community at large

MARK BERGIN: is a man of many hats who worked at separate times as both an award-winning crime reporter and police officer. When he worked for the Alexandria Gazette, he was awarded the Virginia Press Association First Place prize for general news reporting in 1985. As a law enforcement officer, he won the Alexandria Sunrise Optimist Club’s Police Officer of the Year award in 1988 and was named Alexandria Kiwanis Club’s Officer of the Year in 1997. Bergin’s diverse background with nearly 30 years spent in law enforcement affords him the “authentic voice” in police fiction that Kirkus Reviews and others are buzzing about. To learn more about Mark and his work visit

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