Donald Harstad

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Donald Harstad
Born1945
Occupationnovelist
Period1999–present
GenresFiction
SubjectsCrime, Rural Iowa
Notable work(s)Eleven Days, Big Thaw

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Donald Harstad
Born1945
Occupationnovelist
Period1999–present
GenresFiction
SubjectsCrime, Rural Iowa
Notable work(s)Eleven Days, Big Thaw

www.randomhouse.com/author/results.pperl?authorid=12096

Donald Harstad is an American novelist and former police officer specializing in crime fiction and police procedurals. Prior to taking up writing, he had a 26 year career with the Sheriff's Department of Clayton County, Iowa, retiring as a Deputy Sheriff.[1] His first novel, Eleven Days, was loosely based on a case he worked on during that time, and he is known for drawing on his career in law enforcement for details of police and investigative procedure. As of 2010 he has had five novels published:

All of his novels are set in rural Nation County, Iowa, and include many of the same characters, primarily centering on police officer Carl Houseman, a loose analog for Harstad himself. His novels have appeared in nine languages.[3][4]

Harstad lives in Elkader, Iowa, population 1,465 (2000 census), with his wife of 40 years, his former high school sweetheart with whom he has one daughter. In a 2002 interview, he said that he has always been fascinated by the people mixed up in matters that come to the attention of the police, and as a novelist he is looking at how chains of bad choices lead to outcomes.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Donald Harstad Author Bookshelf - Random House - Books - Audiobooks - Ebooks". Random House. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Media & Publicity - Digital Content for Marketing". randomhouse.biz. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ Communication with Don Harstad.
  4. ^ "Donald Harstad". LibraryThing. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  5. ^ Name * (2002-09-19). "An Interview with Iowa Author Donald Harstad". Jody Ewing. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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