For DC Police Chief Lanier, Life Becomes Art

By Karen Araiza
|  Monday, Nov 9, 2009  |  Updated 10:23 AM EDT
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For DC Police Chief Lanier, Life Becomes Art

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, with Mayor Adrian Fenty in the background, speaks during a press conference.

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D.C.'s top cop can add fictional feat to her resume. She's apparently inspired two characters in best-selling author David Baldacci's new murder mystery, "True Blue."

"He's just such a nice guy when we sat and had talks, I wasn't really sure what to expect," Police Chief Cathy Lanier told WTOP.

Baldacci did a ride-along with Metro police and sat down and talked one-on-one with Chief Lanier.

The fictional D.C. police chief in his new book owns a blind dog, and Lanier? Well, she owns five.

"I think it just shows that police officers are human too, and we love our dogs and I think the compassion that drives us to do this job also shows in our private lives."

Lanier said she even giggled at some of the characteristics Baldacci gave a second character in the book named Mason "that mirror things that have happened in to me throughout my career." Mason is the police chief's sister and also a member of the force.

"People on my staff have read it and they love it," Lanier said.

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