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Author:  Edward Conlon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1594480737
ISBN-13: 9781594480737
Sku: 39963772
Publish Date: 4/30/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1.25T
Pages:  576
Age Range:  NA
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As I took my first steps on patrol as a New York City police officer, heading out from the precinct onto East 156 Street toward the projects on Courtlandt Avenue in the South Bronx, a deep voice called out, "There's a new sheriff in town." (from the first line)
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"Blue Blood is an work of nonfiction about what it means to protect, to serve, and to defend among the ranks of New York's finest. Edward Conlon is fourth generation NYPD - and the story he tells is an anecdotal history of New York through its police force, and depicts a portrait of the teeming street life of the city in all its horror and splendor. It is a story about fathers and sons, partners who become brothers, old ghosts and undying legacies. Here you will see terms like loyalty, commitment, and honor come to life, in action, on a daily basis. Conlon depicts his life on the force - from his first days walking a beat in the South Bronx, to his ascent to detective." The book opens with Conlon's first day on patrol, but in fact his story begins in the time of his great-grandfather, an officer of dubious integrity who participated in the corruption that marked the Tammany-era NYPD as a corps in need of reform; it continues through the experience of Conlon's father, a World War II officer who left the ranks of the NYPD to become an FBI agent, and the years of his uncle, an old-fashioned, easygoing career cop, who stayed in uniform throughout the political upheavals and corrections of the 1960s and 1970s. Conlon joined the NYPD during the Giuliani administration, when New York City saw its crime rate plummet but also witnessed events that would alter the city and its inhabitants, and its police force, forever: polarizing racial cases, the proliferation of the drug trade, and the events of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. Conlon captures the detail of the landscape, the ironies and rhythms of natural speech, the tragic and the marvelous, firsthand, day after day.
Edward Conlon, a Harvard-educated policeman who comes from a long line of cops, writes about his experiences in a tough world. As he rises from rookie to detective in the NYPD, Edward Conlon faces the dirty day-to-day life of a cop who has to cope with the uncinematic realities of violent death, robbery, domestic violence, and the price paid for drug abuse. Conlon chronicles all this with candor, compassion, and wit, and with a perhaps surprising appreciation for his colleagues and bosses in a police department that he claims is--despite its reputation--short on corruption and overwhelmingly dedicated to its work. Under the name Marcus Laffey, Conlon originally published parts of the book as "Cop Diaries" in The New Yorker.


Kirkus online
"A street-smart and hilarious memoir....Conlon's prose, buffed to a high sheen, mixes the rich and rowdy dialogue of police and "perps" with department lore about legends like Eddie Egan and Frank Serpico, literary allusions, and overviews of daily routine that bristle with sharp observation....Crackling sharp--and utterly compelling." 02/15/2004

New York Times Book Review
"[] sprawling, wry, opinionated, beautifully written memoir....BLUE BLOOD, in terms of its ambition, its authenticity and the power of its writing, is in a class by itself....[It has] a charge and immediacy unlike any other police book I know." - Ted Conover 04/18/2004

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