BRIGHT LIGHTS AND
VENTURE GALLERIES' CALEB PRITLE
INTERROGATES PAUL BISHOP
Paul Bishop is one of our most popular and consistent columnists at Venture Galleries. A number of his previous novels have been serialized on Venture Galleries to popular acclaim. His latest novel, Lie Catchers, has been recently published by Pro Se Productions. Lie Catchers is the first novel in a new series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall. Paul is a nationally recognized interrogator in his own right, and it’s only fair he take a turn facing the bright lights and rubber hoses…
Lie Catchers is infused with many of your own experiences as an interrogator, but what was the actual inspiration to jump start the series?
As you know, I spent thirty-five years with the LAPD. More than twenty-five of those years were spent investigating sex crimes – fifteen of them running a squad of thirty sex crimes detectives with jurisdiction over twenty-five percent of the city. During that time interrogation became a more and more important part of what we did. By videotaping and critiquing every interrogation we did, it became clear which techniques worked and which didn’t. as a result, our unit consistently had the highest sex crimes clearance rate in the city.
I now teach week-long interrogation classes to experienced detectives at wide variety of law enforcement agencies, including my old stomping ground – the LAPD. Invariably, on Wednesday or Thursday, one of the more experience detectives will approach me because they are angry.
However, the great thing is, they aren’t angry with me. They are angry because they didn’t understand the concepts taught in the class sooner. It is not the cases we crack that matter, it’s the ones we don’t that haunt us.
Having read voraciously in the mystery field as well as writing a number of cop related novels, I realized I’d never come across a novel that dealt with interrogation in a realistic manner. Books don’t get it right. TV certainly doesn’t get it right.
With the knowledge and experience I had with interrogation, I wanted to write a novel that would be as close to what an interrogator does as fiction would allow. Lie Catchers is the result.
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