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The Wonderful World of Book Publishing

Whether it is teaching, criminal investigations, academic administration, or probing complex cases of financial fraud, publishing is admittedly one of the more difficult endeavors that I have undertaken.

In early December, my latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, went live at  To be successful in the book business, an author must engage in endless self-promotion—the goal of which is making a writer’s name into a brand synonymous with a particular theme.

Prior to taking the writing plunge, I rarely, if ever, felt the need to toot my own horn. Instead, I preferred to have my body of work speak for itself. In the book world, however, where writers delving into the genre of crime have thousands of competitors, authors are always on the lookout for methods to improve their marketing platforms.

One of the ways to do so is assisting other authors, many of whom are struggling to reach the next rung on the publishing ladder.

Last October, Arcadia Books released Wisconsin author Gavin Schmitt’s book Milwaukee Mafia.  I was privileged to have an opportunity to write the forward for this interesting pictorial of Brew City wise guys (see the below link):

On Thursday, a young woman from my publishing company requested that I take a look at an outline and the first three chapters of a manuscript for a yet-to-be-named novel by Mitchell Nevin.

In the past, I’ve spoken highly of Nevin’s first book, The Cozen Protocol, and its Milwaukee-based theme that explores the political fallout from an ongoing gang war and the Milwaukee Police Department’s subsequent response. In Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, I noted that Mitchell Nevin is a pseudonym for the actual author.  On this blog, many current or former Milwaukee coppers later chimed-in to speculate about the author’s actual identity.

I later discussed The Cozen Protocol and the mystery behind the author with WUWM’s Stephanie Lecci.

After reading the outline for Nevin’s new book—scheduled for release sometime this fall—I am willing to go out on a limb and predict that this novel will become an Amazon best seller.

Since I promised my publisher that I would keep the cards to Nevin’s latest work close to my vest, I will disclose only this much: that four of the main characters weaved into the plot are a Milwaukee area baseball pitcher; a Chicago PD sergeant gone, well, just kind of bad; a Hispanic cook, and a personable white collar criminal of Italian lineage.  The venue is America’s heartland, as portions of the novel occur in Milwaukee, Chicago, the Twin Cities, Platteville, Eau Claire, the Minnesota towns of Red Wing and Albert Lea, and Minot, North Dakota.

In other words, Nevin’s new novel probably won’t play well with the elites on east and west coasts, where the lives of those of us residing in fly over country are considered too mundane and culturally unfulfilling (or, as one of my long retired old-school sergeants used to say, “We’ve got a lot fewer goofs living here”).

If you’re a reader into the oddities of the criminal justice system, psychic phenomena, solid dialog, and good cop-bad cop, Nevin’s still unnamed book has all the markings of a great read.

So mark your calendars.

In the interim, I will keep plugging away at this writing and publishing thing.  Sometimes, as I explained in a recent Facebook post, writing a book is like banging your head against a wall—it feels good when you stop.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, is available at

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

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2013

Hoosier for a Day

On Monday, the Spingola Files (SF) takes a road trip to Bloomington, Indiana, where I will address a group of Hoosier state forensic investigators from the Indiana Division of the International Association of Identification (IDIAI).  The topic is the Psychology of Homicide, a presentation SF provides throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Since each group SF addresses is, in its own way, unique, I tweak the Psychology of Homicide presentation before traveling to different venues.

 I’ve already been warned to purchase gas in any place but Illinois, where the long-arm of that state’s tax collectors digs deep into the wallets of consumers. Should Illinois’ highway tolls continue to increase at their current pace, it might become more cost effective to fly over Chicago.

Milwaukee Crime Novel Surges at

The Milwaukee-based crime novel, The Cozen Protocol, surged to #1 this week on’s list of criminal procedure books.

A good source relates the sale of the book’s rights to a West Coast Company is now “up in the air,” as screenwriters want to change The Cozen Protocol’s venue from Milwaukee to Los Angeles or San Francisco.

First, it was Dirty Harry—a movie some locals see as based on the career of Milwaukee’s late police chief, Harold Brier, and, now, left coast-types want to hijack The Cozen Protocol’s plot.  

The rumor mill has it that, although fictional, some high-rankers at Milwaukee Police Department are not particularly fond of the novel’s overall theme.

But long-time Milwaukee law enforcement veterans think otherwise.

The Cozen Protocol was a great read, as the author spun a great mystery with similarities to real incidents,” writes retired MPD Detective Larry Powalisz. “It brought back some fond memories of stuff that was going on throughout my career.”

To find out more, listen to my interview with WUWM’s Stephanie Lecci.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. 

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, 2011