Author: Edmond Gagnon

I grew up in Windsor, Ontario, an automotive town, but swore that I would never work in a factory. I worked in a warehouse after finishing high school. The office manager called me in to see him one day and asked where I saw myself down the road. I couldn’t see myself behind a desk in the office and I told him I considered being a police officer. He told me to use my lunch hour the next day and apply for a job at the police department. I passed the tests and later used another lunch hour to attend an interview. I showed up in jeans and a t-shirt, while all the other candidates were neatly dressed in three piece suits. They hired me anyway. I began my career walking a beat and eventually became a as a respected street cop. After working the streets in uniform for fifteen years, I spent time in plain clothes working in the Drug Squad, Morality Unit, Break & Enter Squad, and Pawn Shop Unit. I was promoted to sergeant and then re-assigned as a detective. My last fifteen years were spent as a criminal investigator. As an investigator, I learned the art of writing a good story. It was the story after all, that convicted the criminals. Over my thirty-one year career, I cultivated and worked with numerous police informants. Those informants gave me valuable information that led to arrests, and the recovery of stolen property, illegal narcotics and guns. I finished my career investigating Fraud and Arson.

Upon my retirement I traveled extensively, writing about my adventures and misadventures. After being coaxed by friends and relatives, I put a collection of my short travel stories together, and wrote my first book called “A Casual Traveler.” I wrote and published the book so that I could share my travel experiences. My readers complimented my writing style, saying I made them feel like they were right there with me. In writing "A Casual Traveler," I caught the writing bug.

On the day that I retired, a co-worker commented on the numerous informants that I had. That comment gave me the idea for another book. Everyone has a story to tell. I heard many stories from other people during my career, but I thought I should tell the stories of the people I knew as police informants. These people are necessary to the police, yet they have to remain anonymous for their own safety. Each person has their own reason for becoming a police informant, and they all share a dangerous existence.

I wrote and published my second book called "Rat - A Cop's Secret Weapon." It's my first book in a series I'm calling the "Black & White" series. In some cities, police cars are painted black and white. On the street, in real life, nothing is black and white.