Start reading Circle of Six on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Circle of Six: The True Story of New York's Most Notorious Cop Killer and the Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him [Kindle Edition]

Randy Jurgensen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $15.95 What's this?
Print List Price: $15.95
Kindle Price: $9.99
You Save: $5.96 (37%)


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Hardcover --  
Paperback $13.83  
Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica.

Book Description

Circle of Six is the true story of what is perhaps the most notorious case in the history of the New York Police Department. It details Randy Jurgensen’s determined effort to bring to justice the murderer of Patrolman Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside Harlem’s Mosque #7 in 1972, in the midst of an all-out assault on the NYPD from the Black Liberation Army. The New York of this era was a place not unlike the Wild West, in which cops and criminals shot it out on a daily basis.

Despite the mayhem on the streets and the Machiavellian corridors of Mayor Lindsay’s City Hall, Detective Jurgensen single-handedly took on the Black Liberation Army, the Nation of Islam, NYPD brass, and City Hall, capturing Cardillo’s killer, Lewis 17X Dupree. He broke the case with an unlikely accomplice, Foster 2X Thomas, a member of the Nation of Islam who became Jurgensen’s witness. The relationship they formed during the time before trial gave each of the two men a greater perspective of the two sides in the street war and changed them forever. In the end, Jurgensen had to settle for a conviction on other charges, and Dupree served a number of years. The murder case is still officially unsolved. In 2006 the NYPD re-opened the case, and it is once again an active investigation with full media attention.

The book has received acclaim from current New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, as well as former Commissioner William Bratton.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

A highly decorated veteran, Randy Jurgensen joined the NYPD in 1958. Among other highlights of his career, he arrested Lenny Bruce and broke what became known as the Bag Murders, later to become a movie called "Cruising". He earned over 40 citations, medals and numerous plaques. He has appeared in 30+ films and television shows and has produced several movies.

Robert Cea retired in his early thirties from the NYPD receiving over 140 decorations. He was awarded 'Cop of the Month' eight times, including his near fatal capture of the "Flatbush Rapist" detailed in his critically acclaimed memoir, "No Lights No Sirens". Since retiring he splits his time between LA and New York writing and developing projects in tv/film.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3489 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932857850
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KX4MSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author of Practical Homicide Investigation December 8, 2006
As a murder cop and fellow NYPD retiree, I want to personally thank Randy Jurgenson for writing this shameful story of a brutal murder and the official cover-up that was instituted under Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy. I was in police service during this despicable conspiracy to conceal the truth and was elated that the true story has finally been told. As I read the book it brought back vivid and painful memories of the treachery and deceit practiced by the "political charlatans" of the NYPD who disappeared in Police Headquarters while the street cops were under attack. The racism that permeated events during this violent time is alive and well in the antics of the current racial racketeers who continue to use the Race Card" for their personal agendas. What I think is really important in this book is that the "key" players who were responsible for this injustice have been named and identified and will hopefully be held responsible for their actions. At least the "truth" has finally been documented in a well-written and factual account of one of the darkest days in the history of the greatest police department in the world. Those who remain alive from the Circle of Six should hang their heads in shame now that their actions have been exposed. This is the ultimate "Cold Case Homicide" story.
Was this review helpful to you?
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treacherous Coverup October 10, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book reads like a thriller. One can hardly put it down. But it's true. Describing perhaps the saddest period in New York Police Department history. These were the days when the Black Liberation Army was running amok murdering police officers. A false alarm 1013 call went out on police radios. It had been called in on 911. Four officers rushed to the Nation of Islam Mosque 7 on 116th street. It was an ambush. One officer,Phillip Cardillo, was shot and beaten. He subsequently died. The other three were badly beaten by about twenty mosque soldiers. The ultra liberal Mayor John Lindsay had obsessive presidential ambitions. In his mind there could be no racial problems showing on the surface in New York. Most of the top brass in the police department were primarily concerned with pleasing the mayor.

So began the coverup. Congressman Charles Rangel, now powerful chairman of the house ways and means committee quickly appeared at the crime scene. Of course, this is the same man who has been the center of much criticism recently over his personal financial dealings. Deputy Police Commissioner, later to become Police Commissioner, Benjamin Ward arrived. As did the agitator minister Louis Farrakhan. The neighborhood hoodlums turned out in full force to cause whatever trouble they could. Ward gave orders for all white police to vacate the premises and the area. The crime scene was given up and destroyed. No evidence was retrieved. The twenty Muslim prisoners waiting to be interviewed were released. Other key participants in this travesty were Police Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy and Chief of Department Michael Codd. The story they attempted to concoct was that perhaps the officer had shot himself or been wounded by friendly fire. Contrary to fact, certainly no riot had transpired.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAGE TURNER & TIME BURNER November 10, 2006
Before you know it, the clock reads 2am! Absolutely could not put it down. Scandalous. True. Shocking. That's all I can say. A complete shame what happened to Phi Cardillo. Great book. Simply fantastic read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shock and Awe and a disgrace by the police brass December 20, 2006
I heard Randy Jurgensen speak at a police function. I had to read his book after hearing him speak since I was a cop when the Ptl. Phil Cardillo murder happened. Because I was on another police department I was never privy to what was going on in the NYPD. The coverup by the the bosses in the "Ivory Tower" and their attempts to cover up the murder of a hero police officer is beyond belief. When you read the book, Jurgensen takes you from start to finish in the investigation of the murder of a hero cop. If you like conspiracy stories this is a book for you. If you like stories about detectives solving cases, this too is the book for you. Jurgensen is a hero as well and he paid a heavy price for doing the job correctly.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Circle Review January 18, 2007
By Wally-O
Circle was a very revealing book about a tragedy of a police killing and the events to cover up the killing. It was a black day in the history of the NYPD.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You! October 27, 2006
Thanks to Randy Jurgensen for telling the story that had to be told. I picked this book up and didn't put it down until I turned the last page.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait October 18, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been eagerly awaiting this book since word of it spread online. I was leery of Robert Cea's involvement, but his presence does not detract from a story every New Yorker should read.

It is a gripping story and well written, but I still had to put it aside several times as the facts Mr. Jurgensen lays out aggravated me beyond reason. Several of the "Circle of Six" are still alive and capable of answering for their dark deeds - let us hope the new interest in the case adds a meaningful ending by the time the paperback comes out.
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hi Randy! January 27, 2008
Hi Randy,
Have been angry for over thirty five years since that day. I will never forget Phil. Glad you put the truth out in a book. You answered many questions for me.
Thank you so much for all you have done.
chris batnick
P.S. I signed out the shotgun from Rodmans Neck...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember Phillip Cardillo
This book is,one of the saddest, most frustrating, exciting, infuriating books you will ever read. Jurgensen's account of police misconduct will ring true to any cop who has ever... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Plastic Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth your time.
Be sure to take your blood pressure meds before reading. The in your face style and front line experience shared in this book is bound to make your blood boil. Read more
Published 26 days ago by JSMc2
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Randy
This story has an amazing message. Courage and love for a Job that anybody would have said " chuck it" it's not my problem like so many other Cops would have approached a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosie Greco
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Hero telling a true story everyone should hear. READ This one!
This is a great book. With the heart of a lion Randy Jurgensen blows the lid off the NYPD and Militant Musliums Names you will know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Politically correct will hurt us.
Sickening account of political interference. A true account of when people are promoted by any means except coming up through
the ranks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by susan mcgowan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for every New Yorker, for every American.
A true page turner, and a story that is too little known.
Thank you Mr. Jurgensen for writing this epic real life story with such intensity. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angel
I cannot believe something like this could happen in New York in the 70's and how the city "political big shots" helped cover up this crime and actually wanted the murder... Read more
Published 9 months ago by SPIKE
5.0 out of 5 stars The story was honest and bravely told.
Working for City Government as a Civil Servant can be a very rewarding experience, but when politics is added and plays its ugly part, it can be the worst experience ever. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent expose on a sad time in law enforcement
At least one reviewer criticized the accuracy of Jurgensen's account of this incident, but to me it doesn't matter whether the account was verbatim accurate or not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST COP BOOK
It's amazing how the job and mayors office tried to shit can a homicide of a cop. I want to thank Det Randy Jurgensen for never giving up. This book should be a movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by George
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category