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"A rollicking recollection of what Alphabet City was like a generation ago." --New York Times
"Codella describes [Alphabet City] so vividly, with such hardboiled language that you feel like you’re in the squad car with him." --New York Post
"Written in a hyper-noir style reminiscent of Richard Price and George Pelecanos, this memoir features all the stuff of an excellent police procedural complete with drug gang rivalries, beatings, killings, and endless dealer collars and convictions. Raw, bloody, and very real, Codella's book is a historical snapshot of what was one of Gotham's most dangerous neighborhoods and the men who brought order to its frightening mayhem." --Publishers Weekly
"From dodging Internal Affairs and a hit ordered by a drug kingpin to making a huge dent in New York’s drug trade, Codella’s life makes for a real page-turner. This should be popular with true crime readers whether or not they agree with him that the ends justified the means. Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"Codella secures justice of a sort in this taut true-crime tale... genuinely exciting." --Kirkus
“Terrific… It's one of the best cop books I've ever read, and sits on my bookshelf beside such classics as "The French Connection," "Serpico" and "Prince of the City." Codella has written a hair-raising, suspenseful, pull-no-punches true-crime tale about the hunt for Davy Blue Eyes through the bloodstained streets and murderous housing projects of Alphabet City.” –Denis Hamill, The New York Daily News
"A blistering cop’s-eye view of the Drug War during the heady years of the late-1980s. Codella and Bennett take the reader down alleyways and into shooting galleries, capturing the mood and patter of a time when a cop nicknamed Rambo and a gang of smack dealers called the Forty Thieves were caught in a dance to the death. You will feel as though you are pounding the pavement and dodging bullets. Alphaville is the real deal.” – T.J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne and The Westies
“Alphaville is a quick, nitty gritty, page turning read that will leave you breathless. Through the eyes of former undercover cop Mike Codella we are given a bird's eye view into one of the most dangerous neighborhoods anywhere in the world- Manhattan's Lower East Side. Though the book is a true account, its characters are so colorful and vivid it reads more like a well-paced novel. I highly, highly recommend this read.” --Philip Carlo, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Man
"A balls out cop tale from the bad old days of New York City. Watch your back in Alphaville." --Tom Folsom, New York Times bestselling author of The Mad Ones
“Nerve-shreddingly real. Addictive, brilliant and compelling. A staggeringly well-written true-life drama, which had me breathless from the first page to the last. Stunning!” --R.J. Ellory, author of A Quiet Belief in Angels and A Simple Act of Violence
Just finished it. Loved it. A really well written page turner.
I remember the Lower East Side back in the Eighties. Read more
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Very solid book. A lot more in depth and well written than I had expected. At the risk of sounding cliche' this really was a page turner and one of the most honest accounts of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R.Kittson
This was an interesting book but some parts just don't ring true. It's a good read, especially if you live or work in the area, just don't buy everything he's selling.Published 12 months ago by Kerry
ordered as a christmas gift .... nicely packaged - very satisifed with this merchant and their good customer service. delivered as promised... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Margarita
Compelling. Raw. gritty. Couldn't put it down. Great read. Felt like I was "in the moment"...almost watching the story unfold. Highly recommended to all.Published on October 30, 2013 by A. Coronati
I enjoyed this book; however the main storyline (a drug dealer they are trying to capture) seems to fade by the end. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Joseph Polvere
This book is action-packed. Highly recommend this book to anyone who likes detective stories, biographies or interested in NYC history.Published on September 16, 2012 by Eddy Bee