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Jerry B. Jenkins

Jerry B. Jenkins

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Historical
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Speculative
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YA/Teen
The author of nearly 200 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series, Jerry Jenkins has sold nearly 70 million copies. He also owns the filmmaking company Jenkins Entertainment, which produced the critically acclaimed movie Midnight Clear, based on his book of the same name. Jerry Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers.
Jerry B. Jenkins: Family Ties

Jerry B. Jenkins: Family Ties

(January 2011)
C.J. Darlington
“I worked as an undercover narcotics buyer,” Jerry B. Jenkins says in his usual matter-of-fact way.

The statement might cause some to pause when they look at the soft-spoken author of nearly 200 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. But you wouldn’t be as surprised if you knew Jerry’s two brothers were cops and his father a police chief. “It was just before I married in 1971,” Jerry says. “Very dangerous, scary work. That was enough for me.”

Despite the “blue blood” running in his family, Jerry has been a writer since before he could drive. Maybe he didn’t get the law enforcement gene, but that hasn’t kept him from writing about cops. His novel The Brotherhood delves deep into the personal and professional life of Chicago cop Boone Drake. “He’s mostly fictitious,” Jenkins says, “but many of the police episodes are based on stories from my dad and brothers and other relatives who have been cops. Whenever Dad came for show-and-tell at school or spoke in uniform at church, I basked in his stardom. I loved it. I was proud of my dad.”

The first in a trilogy, The Brotherhood takes readers inside the Chicago police and gang wars—but Jenkins is a master at capturing the gritty without dragging readers through the gutter. “I have always believed you can evoke the darker side of life without smashing it into someone’s face,” Jenkins says. “They know what you’re talking about. I can write that a character swore without quoting language that would distract the reader from the story.”—C.J. Darlington

 
 

 

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