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Keith Gilman, Haverford Township Police Department, “was a cop in the Philadelphia area for over twenty-five years and his writing reflects that experience. He believes cops have important stories to tell, stories that need to be told and deserve a strong voice. Readers want to know how cops think. They want to know what cops know. They want to know what makes them tick, what they dream about at night, their loves and fears, how they balance their roles as cops, fathers, friends and finders of truth. Readers want to know how they survive.”  Keith Gilman is the author of Father's Day: A Mystery, My Brother's Keeper and Bad Habits.

According to the book description of Father's Day: A Mystery, “Keith Gilman’s provocative debut is a dark and atmospheric tale of an ex-cop from Philadelphia who must face old ghosts.

Louis Kline, PI, is asked to track down the missing teenage daughter of an old friend. In doing so, he uncovers truths about the alleged suicide of his friend, a fellow officer with the Philadelphia Police Department. They shared accusations that ended both their careers, and a love for the same woman. As Louis further investigates, he comes to understand the tortured life of the girl he’s trying to find, and some truths about himself.

Keith Gilman knows how cops think and he pulls back the curtain on a disturbing vision of a decaying urban world, haunted by shadows of deceit and death. Father’s Day, a novel of great psychological depth and stark visual imagery, is a terrifying exploration of what lies at the heart of our deepest fears.”

According to the book description of My Brother's Keeper, “Second in the gripping, hard-hitting Lou Klein detective series - Sins that ex-cop Lou Klein thought he'd buried return to haunt him when a woman from his past reappears. Born into a family of cops, Franny Patterson married into a family of crime when she wed Brian Haggerty, owner of one of Philadelphia's hottest nightclubs. Now she wants out - and she has approached her former love, Lou Klein, for help. While he can't ignore her plea, Klein suspects that Franny is keeping secrets from him, and when her overprotective older brother is killed, the stakes become even higher . . .”

According to the book description of Bad Habits it “is an anthology of Keith Gilman's short stories. “The best fiction has this feeling that someone’s just leaned close to whisper in our ear, ‘I’ve something important to tell you.’ Keith Gilman’s debut novel has and sustains that quality from the first page. You know right away that you’re in the hands of a natural and very fine storyteller. Authenticity, voice, the sense of lives beyond the page, all those things we crave as readers and for which we work so hard as writers, tossing the bones, hoping the magic will work--all are solidly, soundly in place.” —James Sallis, author of Drive “Dark, gritty, and hauntingly lyrical, Keith Gilman writes Noir with the authenticity of a cop who has actually worked the mean streets.” —Robin Burcell, author of Face of a Killer “…Grabbed me by the collar and wouldn’t let go. Gilman’s voice is a powerful new addition to the crime fiction community.”






About the Haverford Township Police Department
The Township of Haverford Board of Commissioners established a Night Watch and Police Force June 5, 1916. When Ordinance number 77 of 1916 passed, it did "ordain" the Night Watch and Police Force would consist of one Chief of Police and not more than nine Policemen, one of whom may be appointed Sergeant of Police. The Departmental history shows the first Chief, Edward F. Hallissey, and the five officers initially hired did not have long-lived or prosperous careers. The Chief left the Department after only three years and ten months of service. His first recruits fared far worse. The first officer hired by the Township, George T. Neeli lasted ten days and the second officer hired completed four months. This four month stint was three months longer than any of his fellow hires. Ordinance number 77 also outlined the officers' duties. "Policemen shall patrol their respective beats during all of the time they are on duty and shall be governed in making arrests of all drunken, disorderly and suspicious persons by the laws of this Commonwealth, and by the Ordinances and Regulations of the Township. It shall also be the duty of Policemen to inspect the street lights maintained by the Township and to immediately report any lights not in good order and fu1ther to inspect all poles, lines and overhead wires and all streets and roads containing water, gas or other pipe-lines and to immediately report any defects therein or dangerous condition caused thereby, .. . "

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