Praise and Accolades for Peckerwood in the Hood
“Peckerwood in the Hood pulls off a nice feat—telling the true story of a police officer’s street battles with intelligence and humor that turns cops and criminals into real people, living real lives, in a real Midwestern city. The pace is snappy, the characters memorable, the language fresh and lively. This book is a real gem.” ~Philip Deal, Author of OHM: A Novel of Resistance and Love in an Iron Bowl
"Peckerwood in the Hood is as close as civilians will ever get to being a real cop, unless they become one." ~Steve Reist, (Ret.) KCPD Officer
“David Rawlings, using his nom de guerre Officer Peckerwood, tells a story that any cop will know is the real thing. His career was the usual mixture of danger, excitement, tragedy, and comedy, with the elements often combined in politically incorrect ways. This is a great story.” ~Tim Dees, Author of The Truth About Cops
"KCMOPD has generated some outstanding officers throughout its history. David Rawlings must be counted as one of those individuals - dedicated to serving the public, highly decorated, and always putting others before himself. I'm honored we had the opportunity to work together to make Kansas City a safer place." ~ Chief Ron Palmer - Tulsa Police Department Retired, KCPD 1971-1990
“Peckerwood in The Hood is written from the heart by a cop who gave his all with courage, humor, and great cop instincts. You can’t make this stuff up.” ~Timothy C. Kuhn, B.A., J.D.
“David Rawlings, in the tradition of Joe Waumbaugh, uses the dark humor of the real life “mean-streets” to tell the psychological peril a police officer faces on a daily basis. This is not a TV cop show.” ~Gary Jenkins, J.D., (Ret.) Sergeant, KCPD
“Most of the TV cops could not walk a beat on Sesame Street. David Rawlings is a gifted writer. He gives the reader a front row seat to the real life adventures of a cop on the streets -- the joy, the sorrow, the drama, and the characters. It’s all there, and it’s all real.” ~Greg Mills, (Ret.) KCPD Major, and Chief of Police, Riverside, MO.
“Peckerwood in the Hood brought back both fond and disturbing memories at CPD (Central Patrol Division) where I was also a recruit officer. The portrayal of Dave’s experiences depict what actually happens on the street and how young officers unfortunately cope.” ~John Armilio (Ret.) Major, KCPD
"Coming from a NY police family, I can vouch for the authenticity, humor and oh-so-(seemingly) conflicted perspectives by which Rawlings penned this gritty yet artistic recall of love, hate, fear, devotion and bullsh*t in a job most people can't handle. ~Nora Firestone, Writer, Journalist, Pro-American Talk Show Host and Author of The $10,000 Apostrophe