In July 1980, Steve Copling joined the Plano Police Department (Texas). During his career, he has worked a variety of assignments including Field Training,
Crime Prevention, SWAT, School Liaison, CID, Narcotics, and Professional Standards.
He was promoted to sergeant in March of 2002 and has supervised patrol, CID, and SWAT. He was promoted to lieutenant
in February of 2005 and currently works in the patrol division.
Steve Copling’s two “police procedural” novels feature homicide
Detectives Greg Rush and Rick Chinbroski investigating murder in the city of Plano, Texas.
According to Harriet Klausner, an Amazon reviewer, “This is an exciting police procedural serial killer cat and
mouse tale. The story line is fast-paced with the readers feeling the tension as Greg assumes he is the final target of this
quartet of homicides. Fans of edgy thrillers will want to read this tense tale.”
According to the book description of
The Shooting Season, “Three years of madness. Cunning, methodical, and elusive, a serial sniper
hits a new city every July 24th. Everett, Washington was first, then Tempe, Arizona. In year three, he brought his terror
to Brighton, Colorado. Different cities same pattern: first a doctor is shot, then a lawyer, a judge, and finally the lead
homicide detective. Twelve victims and no evidence, except for the bullet casings mailed to the police chief in each city.
A single thumbprint on each casing belongs to Billy Ray Jackson, a criminal from Nashville who hasn't been seen since
before the first murder. When the sniper hits Plano, Texas, to begin his fourth shooting season, homicide detectives Greg
Rush and Rick Chinbroski team with the FBI to hunt for the killer. But after the FBI's faulty investigative tactics force
Rush to strike out on his own, he does so, unaware that his independent investigation plays right into the shooter's hands.
He's being hunted by police agencies from around the country, but no one understands that Plano is the shooter's last
stop - that Plano's top homicide team was the target all along, and that a thirty-year-old debt won't be paid in full
until the last shot is fired. The Shooting Season is a story of revenge, of how one boy's betrayal sent his best friend's
life spiraling to the brink of insanity. For Greg Rush and Rick Chinbroski, that betrayal costs more than either could imagine.
Steve Copling has over twenty-five years in law enforcement
and corporate security. Steve lives in a small north Texas town with his wife of twenty-eight years, has three wonderful sons,
and one beautiful grandson.”