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‘Apprehensions & Convictions’ author Mark Johnson comes to Avon library

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“Apprehensions & Convictions: Adventures of a 50-year-old Rookie Cop,” by Mark Johnson.

If you go …

What: Meet author and police detective Mark Johnson.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.

Where: Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-949-6797.

AVON — Meet police detective Mark Johnson, author of “Apprehensions & Convictions: Adventures of a 50-year-old Rookie Cop,” today at the Avon Public Library.

Johnson will discuss and sign his book, which tells the story of what makes a man leave a successful career as a United Way CEO at the age of 50 to become a police officer and begin a whole new life, one filled with danger, violence and stark moral choices.

As the executive director of the United Way of Mobile, Alabama, Johnson had stability, a decent salary and a respected position in the community. What he didn’t have was a sense of purpose. Disillusioned with the day-to-day compromises of charity work and looking for a way to make a real difference, Johnson at age 50 became the oldest rookie in the Mobile Police Department.

Defying the skepticism of his wife, the derision of the younger cops who called him “Pawpaw” and his own self-doubts, Johnson rose to become a detective and a highly-decorated officer. But it wasn’t a smooth ascent. A civilized man whose first instinct is to help people, Johnson learned the hard way that some men can only be subdued with brute force and some chronic criminals refuse to be redeemed.

Compelling transformation

In a crisp, first-person narrative that is by turns action-packed and contemplative, Johnson writes frankly in “Apprehensions & Convictions” of the experiences, challenges, disillusionments and dangers that transformed him from a social worker to a cop.

The book also tells the personal story of how Johnson overcame his own demons to find a new sense of purpose and identity in midlife. From a troubled, drink- and drug-fueled youth, to dealing with both his birth and adoptive parents, to struggling to find a steady career path, Johnson’s story is of a man who found his courage and changed himself.

“Part police procedural, part contemplative memoir, Johnson’s ‘Apprehensions & Convictions’ is all true and a revelation,” wrote Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump,” “Kearny’s March” and “The Aviators.” “His story is by turns hair-raising, hilarious and heartfelt. It should take its rightful place in the colorful Southern tradition of storytelling.”

Copies of “Apprehensions & Convictions” will be available for purchase and signing at the Avon library event. For more information, call the library at 970-949-6797. Search for “Mark Johnson” at http://www.quilldriverbooks.com to learn more about the author.

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