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About Adam Plantinga

Police Sergeant & Author

I've been in law enforcement for twenty-two years, seven with the Milwaukee PD and fifteen with the San Francisco PD. I am the author of two nonfiction books about urban law enforcement. My debut novel The Ascent will be available January 2, 2024. Some folks have had some nice things to say about it: 

“The Ascent is jaw-dropping, authentic, and absolutely gripping.”―Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of I Will Find You

"Damn! I had to hold onto this one for dear life. THE ASCENT is a ferociously propulsive thriller. Plantinga creates a haunted house of horrors that’s utterly convincing, while at the same time keeping the focus on complex, layered, and engaging characters. An outstanding debut crime novel."―Lou Berney, Edgar award-winning author of November Road

“If JD Salinger had been a street cop, he’d have written books like Adam Plantinga’s. This book is the real deal - flesh and blood characters, charming wit, and an insider’s pass to a one-of-a-kind white knuckle ride. Plantinga will soon join the ranks of Child and Connelly.”―Douglas Brunt, New York Times bestselling author and host of Dedicated with Doug Brunt on SiriusXM

“Not since Joseph Wambaugh released The Choirboys has a cop thriller delivered this level of authenticity, and The Ascent wears it like a badge. In his debut novel, Adam Plantinga weaves a jailhouse tale that serves up thrills from the first chapter through the final page. The book’s protagonist, a world-weary Detroit cop, is a revelation. Watch out, Jack Reacher—Kurt Argento has arrived, and he’s putting his rivals in the shade.”―Nancy Allen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The Ascent is a fantastic thriller that stands apart from the crowd—a high-test, high-stakes action spectacular with true thrills, true grit, and genuine heart. You’ll find the full spectrum from darkness to light between these covers, with a refreshing breeze as the pages fan by. Adam Plantinga is here to stay.”―Sean Doolittle, Thriller award-winning author of Device Free Weekend

"Adam Plantinga's debut novel, THE ASCENT, is a red hot blast of crime and punishment, and crackles with sly wit and a jaded authenticity that has been hard-earned by Plantinga's many years as a street cop. THE ASCENT is so damn good that I will read anything else Plantinga cares to write, including his grocery list."―Nick Petrie, author of The Price You Pay

"THE ASCENT is terrific—a brutal portrait of a tough cop in an unforgiving world. I loved it."―Robert Crais, bestselling author

"Pulse-pounding, cleverly plotted, fast-paced—expertly made entertainment."―Kirkus Reviews, starred

"The knockout first novel... Once readers catch their breath, they’ll be clamoring for more from this rising star."―Publishers Weekly, starred

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BOOKS

OTHER BOOKS

400 Things Cops Know

400 Things Cops Know is a collection of facts, anecdotes, and reflections from police work. I've had excellent teachers on the job and I paid attention when they said and did smart things. Figured out a few things myself too, mostly the hard way.​

 

400 Things Cops Know was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the 2015 Silver Falchion award for best nonfiction crime reference. 

Police Craft

A sequel to 400 Things Cops Know, but with a short essay format and an emphasis on specialty units such as Homicide, CSI, and SWAT.

NEWS

NEWS
'400 THINGS COPS KNOW' 
THE NEW BIBLE FOR CRIME WRITERS 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Friday, November 21, 2014

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AN ARRESTING DEBUT S.F. OFFICER'S BOOK A COLLECTION OF 13 YEARS OF OBSERVATIONS ABOUT REAL-LIFE POLICE WORK

San Francisco Chronicle

Friday, December 26, 2014

PHIL IN THE BLANKS
DR. PHIL PODCAST

December 2019

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REASONABLENESS STANDARD FOR POLICE IS UNDER PRESSURE AFTER HIGH-PROFILE SHOOTINGS

National Public Radio

March 12, 2019

EVENTS

EVENTS
-1/12/24 6:30 pm Schuler Books, Grand Rapids MI. Register at
The Ascent with Adam Plantinga | Schuler Books

-1/14/24 2:00 pm Book Passage @ the Ferry Building, San Francisco CA

-1/20/24 5:00 pm Orinda Books, Orinda CA. Register at
Adam Plantinga, author of "The Ascent" | Orinda Books

-1/26/24 6:30 pm Boswell Book Co., Milwaukee WI

CONTACT

CONTACT

Literary Representation

Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates
121 West 27th Street, Suite 1201
New York, NY 10001
(212) 868-1365
CBlasdell@lizadawsonassociates.com

Film/TV Representation

Steven Fisher, APA
405 South Beverly Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

(310) 888-4200

Media Inquiries
Andy Dodds, Publicity Director
Grand Central Publishing
Andy.Dodds@hbgusa.com

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