If Michael E. Benson's first novel, Openers, reads more like a true crime story than a work of fiction it is because much of what he has written actually happened. Michael has taken events from his own forty-year career in law enforcement and those of his many colleagues and has woven them seamlessly together to create this intense novel.
Michael writes from experience. In his own career he conducted investigations at four different levels: federal, state, local and private. Along the way, he earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in American History. He recently retired from teaching Criminal Justice at Longview Community College where both police officers and pre-service law enforcement students benefited from his expertise in criminal investigations. Until recently, Michael was also a partner in an antique store known as Log Cabin Antiques. www.logcabinantiques.net He is an able restorer of antiques and has an affinity with all things made of wood.
Michael, with his wife Barbara and his dog Danny Boy, spend the summer months at home in Lone Jack, Missouri. In the winter he may be found in Harlingen, Texas, fishing the waters of the Laguna Madre.