John Hansen’s writings about police work have the ring of truth for a reason. He has either lived or witnessed the action, intrigue and romance he writes about in The Bluesuit Chronicles. He joined the Bellevue Police Department in July 1970 after four years in the Navy that included two tours in Vietnamese rivers and coastal waters as a gunners mate aboard a WWII vintage amphibious assault ship. He served ten years as a Patrol officer, during which he went to college full time, graduating from Seattle University in 1978. He served eleven years in the Detective Division, specializing in crimes against persons (robbery, rape, assault and murder) until he retired at the end of 1991.
From law enforcement John went into private investigations, working for himself. His skills and experience in unraveling complex cases and interrogation led to cases across United States including Alaska, and New York, as well as northern Europe Russia and Estonia, and Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Islands.
Song of the Waterwheel, John’s first book, is the true story of his 28-year romantic marriage to his late wife, Kristene, whom he lost to cancer in 2009. While writing Song of the Waterwheel, John found stability by returning to law enforcement as a search and rescue volunteer on horseback with the Maricopa County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse in Phoenix, Arizona. After Song of the Waterwheel was published in 2012, readers and friends suggested he resume writing, specifically about his varied experiences in the military, police service, and investigations.In 2012, his first essay, Losing Kristene, was written and published at the request of The Huffington Post. In 2013, another essay, Riding The Superstitions, won first place in a statewide writing contest in Arizona. In 2014, the first three books of The Bluesuit Chronicles series, The War Comes Home, The New Darkness, and Valley of Long Shadows were published.
Contact John at John@bluesuitchronicles.com
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