Novel approach to police work

After 30 years on patrol, a Chester County police officer had lots of stories swirling around in his head - and a novel idea: Use his real-life experiences as the basis for a work of fiction. So when West Whiteland Township Sgt. Martin Malloy put pen to paper, characters emerged who were a composite of people he had encountered on the job.

"That Which We Are" tells the story of Nick Caulfield, an aging but idealistic officer who witnessed the murder of his partner in Philadelphia and is trying to recover from that trauma by devoting himself to the young officers entrusted to his command. The disappearance of a young girl sets up a plotline that allows Malloy  to draw on his investigative background while providing  insight into the officers' lives.

Malloy, who also teaches college history, humanities, criminal justice and communications courses, said the book is available for purchase at the Chester County Book & Music Co. or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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