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Retired Police Captain Reviews “Psychic Reprieve” — Mitchell Nevin’s Wisconsin-Based Crime Novel

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Mitchell Nevin’s new novel, Psychic Reprieve: Deception & Reality, weaves a story of three men who had the misfortune of being convicted of felony crimes, but the good fortune of ending up as cellmates in a federal minimum security prison camp, where they became close friends.  One was Raunold Choquet, aka: “R.C.,” who had lived with his grandparents in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, after his mother’s murder. R.C. had a promising future as the closer for the Milwaukee State college baseball team.  His other cellmates included a former Chicago police sergeant (Gannon Burke) and a small-time identity thief (Luigi Fabriano), who forged identification papers in St Paul.

A college baseball team hazing prank goes bad, which results with R.C. being charged with a federal offense and imprisoned because of the political nature of the crime.  After a beating by a group of other inmates, R.C. develops that ability to see into the future, which leads to the successful clearances of several major crimes, including the arrest of a serial killer.  The manner in which Mitchell Nevin injects these “visions” reminds me of the old television series from the late 50s/early 60s—The Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond.

Gannon Burke, having been convicted of a public corruption charges, and Luigi befriend R.C.  After their release from prison, the trio develops a scheme to profit from R.C.’s clairvoyant powers while working in at Drina’s Pasta Palace, an Italian restaurant in downtown Eau Claire.

As in his first book, The Cozen Protocol, Mitchell Nevin worked his knowledge of internal police operations; criminal investigations, high-tech government surveillance, and the politics of a prosecution into the story in a way that is informative as well as entertaining.  In Psychic Reprieve: Deception & Reality, Nevin again melds his familiarity of law enforcement procedures into a fictional story, which makes it easy for the reader to form a mental picture and enjoy the plot. The perspectives of each of the main characters, as well as the way in which the author sets-up their encounters with law enforcement and other antagonists, is interesting to say the least.

Psychic Reprieve has several scenes that occur in Milwaukee.  A few of the hazing pranks initiated by the players on the Milwaukee State baseball team are good for a few laughs.  Some of those who have served on the MPD in the past might recognize these events.  Other major portions of the novel occur in Eau Claire, including one scene where a mano-a-mano showdown takes place during a gentlemen’s bet between R.C. and the power hitting first basemen of the Eau Claire Rail Splitters.  The bet, set-up by the crew at the Pasta Palace,  is to determine if the stellar pitcher can get the college conference player out in one at bat.

On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I would give Psychic Reprieve and “8” for the following reasons:  perhaps the best fictional books I have ever read were those by the late Vince Flynn. Hence, his work product is the standard by which I compare other novels when rendering an opinion.  Psychic Reprieve—filled with witty one-liners—had a different type of plot and focus than I expected, and that gave the novel a twist that I found very interesting.

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Glenn D. Frankovis, a retired Milwaukee Police Department captain and district commander (1975-2004), is the author of a soon-to-be released book involving urban policing strategies.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest print edition only book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at

If your organization is on the lookout for an outstanding guest speaker, please consider the Spingola Files’ Psychology of Homicide presentation.

For more information, visit and click the “seminars & presentations” icon.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013

As G-8 Summit Nears, Chicago is on the Hot Seat

From May 19-21, Chicago will host the G-8 economic summit where leaders from Japan, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and the United States will meet in an attempt to iron out differences. Even though this affair will take place just over 100 miles to the southeast of Spingola Files HQ, many residents of southeastern Wisconsin are oblivious to the costs and dangers associated with the event’s security issues. 

During the 2010 G-20 Summit in Toronto, over 10,000 Canadian law enforcement officers and over 1,000 private security guards oversaw the event.[1] Chicago law enforcement administrators plan on getting by with just 5,000 sworn officers. Chicago police have ordered 3,057 face shields for its members and another 850 sworn personnel from other Illinois law enforcement agencies will provide a physical presence.[2]  With the Cook County jail already housing 9,250 prisoners, the facility is at 97 percent capacity, which means city officials will likely establish some type of temporary holding facility.

In 2010, the Toronto G-20’s security totaled $1 billion[3] , as the Canadian Integrated Security force arrested over 900 people.[4]

With Chicago being centrally located in the Midwest, some expect protestors to swarm the Windy City.  Newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel might find the number of anti-establishment groups at the G-8 eerily reminiscent of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where a group of radicals and anti-war organizers clashed in the streets with the Chicago police, whose command staff received their marching orders from the legendary leader of the Democrat Party machine, Mayor Richard Daley.

Much has changed since 1968.  Chicago’s relatively new police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, is a former member of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) command staff, and has experience dealing with large protests. However, the NYPD has twice the number of sworn personnel as the Chicago PD, which means McCarthy must rely on reinforcements from suburban police departments and the Illinois State Police.  A proposed ordinance would also allow the City of Chicago to request assistance from out-of-state agencies, which means members of the Milwaukee Police Department’s Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) might be asked to lend a helping hand.

Left-wing organizations have already scheduled a variety of bizarre events, such as a May 15 national assembly to put the ‘war makers’ on trial.  Some of the groups that plan to demonstrate include the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, the Iraq Veterans Against the War, the University of Illinois-Chicago branch of the Students for a Democratic Society, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, and the Episcopalian Peace Fellowship.[5]

By some estimates, over 10,000 officials, including politicians, generals and diplomats, from G-8 countries will likely attend. Moreover, since Chicago is President Obama’s hometown, the good money says the protestors might step things up a notch.

In addition, some leaders of Chicago’s political establishment are putting law enforcement on notice. Alderman Ricardo Munoz has introduced an anti-crackdown ordinance, which would prohibit government officials from shutting down electronic communications during the event.[6]

From a law enforcement perspective, the Chicago G-8 Summit is interesting affair, as thousands of anarchists will converge on a historically corrupt city, with an out-of-control gang problem, a new mayor facing international scrutiny, and a President looking for something to boost his sagging approval numbers. 

No doubt, the Chicago PD’s intelligence fusion center is working overtime to prevent a Seattle-like debacle.  


As of 9 p.m. CDT, The Cozen Protocol, a crime novel based on events surrounding the Milwaukee Police Department, shot-up to #5 on’s list of criminal procedure books.

A few months ago, I discussed the book with WUWM’s Stephanie Lecci.  To hear the interview, click the following link.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012

[1] Currie, Mary Beth. “Canada: Toronto G-8 and G-20 Summits—Employer Planning Issues.” May 6, 2010.  2 March 2012.

[2] Speilman, F, Main, F. & Donovan, L. “Case Closed? Courtrooms maybe Shut for NATO, G-9 Summits.” February 23, 2012. 2 March 2012.

[3] Delacourt, S. “G-20 Security Tab: What Else Could $1 Billion Buy.” May 28, 2010.  2 March 2012.–what-can-1-billion-buy?bn=1

[4] Young, J. “G8/G20 Leaves Canada with Big Hangover.” July 2, 2010. 2 March 2012.

[5] “Chicago: Protests Called for NATO and G8 Summits.” June 26, 2011.  2 March 2012.

[6] Babwin, D. “Anti-Crackdown Ordinance? Alderman Munoz Wants NATO, G-8 Protestors to Have Wireless Access.” February 15, 2012.  2 March 2012.