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January 14, 2014

A new novel from Dick Wolf joins his TV empire



Invoking Detective Sipowicz from "NYPD Blue," Wolf hailed Beghe as "the most interesting cop since Dennis Franz."

At 67, Wolf is a veteran producer whose resume reaches back to "Miami Vice" in the mid-1980s, and who, through much of the past two decades, kept the lights on at NBC when it had little else anybody would watch.

His metier is the full-scale broadcast network drama spanning a season of two dozen self-contained episodes, and with it he prospers, even now in an era when edgy cable fare in serialized gulps of a dozen or fewer hours commands much of TV's buzz and critical acclaim.

Wolf drew an analogy between the indie-film model of these cable-TV series as compared with broadcast networks' mainstream-movie paradigm in describing "Chicago P.D." as "a big, old-time television top-drawer series production. Is it retro? Not to me. I just think it's a really good cop show."

But during an interview last Wednesday, there was more on Wolf's mind than his new show. He was also marking the publication of his latest novel.

"The Execution" brings back NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk, whom Wolf introduced in his first novel, "The Intercept." Now Fisk's Joint Terrorism Task Force is back on high alert as an elusive assassin heads to Manhattan for United Nations Week, when the world's most powerful leaders will be gathered — and vulnerable.

"There are stories that are just too big for a series episode or even an arc," said Wolf when asked what prompted his literary ventures.

But how did Wolf, with his TV empire to tend, find time to be an author?

"I've got small kids," he replied with a laugh before sharing iPhone photos of his 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. "I have a very pleasant existence in Montecito (Calif.). I'm on a school schedule now, home in the morning 90 percent of the time. So writing became a routine."

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