In the first episode of the Street Stories Podcast, Tulsa’s very own Officer Jay chronicles a strange day in his TPD career.
A midget street thug on a kiddy bike. Incompetent thieves who resort to stealing air-conditioning units. A woman too drunk to notice a police car heading towards her with all lights flashing.
These are just some of the criminals and junkies, the faithful and forlorn encountered by one police officer cruising the streets of one Midwestern US city. But this policeman has an eye for the weird, an overdeveloped sense of humour and a talent for narrative.
Ruth Rendell talks to John Mullan about The Keys to the Street, the importance of place and the difference between detective stories and more uneasy thrillers.