December 19, 2017 Published in Arts & Style, Other News

Debut Novel By Local Cop Now On Sale

APPREHENSION, the debut crime novel by local Alexandria author and retired police commander Mark Bergin, is now available for presale from Inkshares Inc. publications of Oakland, California. Part of the proceeds will benefit police suicide prevention.

APPREHENSION, called “Compelling” by Kirkus Reviews, tells the story of the four best and worst days in a good cop’s life. While protecting a child from a predator, Detective John Kelly must overcome the threat of a secret violent mistake that can derail his career or send him to jail. In despair as inescapable pressures mount, Kelly is forced to the brink of suicide, and beyond.

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Kirkus Reviews calls APPREHENSION “Compelling… A gritty and authentic new voice in police fiction,” and said author Mark Bergin, “writes with authority and empathy about cops.” For the full review go to:

Mark Bergin has pledged twenty percent of his earnings for APPREHENSION to programs combating police suicide.  During his 28-year career, while one fellow officer was killed in the line of duty, three other officers and two sheriff’s deputies took their own lives. “One is too many, but this many has got to stop,” Bergin said.

After heart surgery forced him to retire, Mark Bergin wrote APPREHENSION, a crime novel based on his 28 years as an Alexandria, Virginia police officer. He was twice named Police Officer of the Year for drug and robbery investigations and held most of the posts described in APPREHENSION. 

Prior to police service, he was a newspaper reporter for the Alexandria Gazette in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Suburban Advertiser in Exton, Pennsylvania. He is the 1985 recipient of the Virginia Press Association Award for General News Reporting.

During its presale phase, APREHENSION is available solely through the publisher. Go to the Inkshares website to purchase.

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