Rogue River Police Chief Ken Lewis has won first grand prize in the fiction division of the national Public Safety Writers Association 2010 competition for his crime thriller "Little Blue Whales."

Rogue River Police Chief Ken Lewis has won first grand prize in the fiction division of the national Public Safety Writers Association 2010 competition for his crime thriller "Little Blue Whales."

Lewis received the award during the association's annual conference June 17-20 in Las Vegas.

"Little Blue Whales" tells the story of an Oregon coast police officer who, while trying to outrun his past, brings the deadly consequences of his actions into the town and lives of the people he has sworn to protect.

Lewis, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, has been chief of the Rogue River department for nine years and before that was a police chief on the Oregon coast in Brookings.

Lewis said "The Sparrow's Blade," a sequel to "Little Blue Whales," is scheduled for release in November 2010.

— Staff reports