The Detective in the Dooryard: Reflections of a Maine Cop

October 31, 2020
The Detective in the Dooryard: Reflections of a Maine Cop

Tim Cotton has been a police officer for more than thirtyyears.The writer in him has always been drawn to the stories of thepeople he has met along the way.Dealing with the standard issue ne’er-do-wells as a patrolofficer, homicide detective, polygraph examiner, and later as thelieutenant in charge of the criminal investigation divisioncertainly provides an interesting backdrop—but more often he writesabout the regular folks he encounters, people who need his help, orthose who just want to share a joke or even a sad story.The Detective in the Dooryard is composed of stories about thepeople, places, and things of Maine. There are sad stories, bigevents, and even the very mundane, all told from the perspective ofa seasoned police office and in the wry voice of a lifelong Mainer.Many of the stories will leave you chuckling, some will invariablybring tears to your eyes, but all will leave you with a profoundsense of hope and positivity.