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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Paperback Edition edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439177112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439177112
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kipps (Out of Focus) deftly labels Maher an "excitement junkie," and the aptness of that term is clear from the first paragraph of this high-speed bio. From a broken home, Maher early became addicted to fast cars, and at 17, driving a stolen car, he led police on a wild chase from the Bronx in New York City to the Catskills. For this he got a prison sentence of up to four years. After escape and re-incarceration, he had the good fortune to encounter detective Jim Doherty, who became a second father to him. He then built a career as a confidential informant for various police departments, the FBI and the DEA. His fascination with fast cars continuing, he met at a drag-racing strip the scion of one of Colombia's drug families and for several years was a serious cocaine addict whose habit wrecked his first two marriages and derailed his career as an informant. Eventually he conquered his addiction and now works for a security firm in New Jersey. From all the derring-do here emerges the portrait of a man who never grew up. First serial to Penthouse.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Screenwriter/Producer/Author Charles Kipps has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and an Edgar Award. His early career as a journalist, included a stint as Features Editor for Variety.  He is the author of two non-fiction books, Out of Focus and Cop Without A Badge (recently reissued) and the novels Hell's Kitchen Homicide and Crystal Death (coming September 2010).   

More About the Author

Screenwriter/Producer/Author Charles Kipps has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and an Edgar Award.

Kipps' film credits include Fat Albert, a feature film for Twentieth Century Fox co-written with Bill Cosby. He has two upcoming films: Anatomy of the Tide and Zarra's Law.

His television credits include Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (NBC), Little Bill (Nickelodeon), Fatherhood (Nickelodeon), The Cosby Mysteries (NBC), Columbo (ABC), and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC).

His early career as a journalist included a stint as Features Editor for Variety. He is the author of the Conor Bard Mystery series with two titles currently available: Hell's Kitchen Homicide and Crystal Death. He also is the author of two non-fiction books: Out of Focus and Cop Without A Badge.

Kipps was awarded seven gold records writing and producing songs for artists such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. He wrote Walk Away From Love, a number one hit for David Ruffin, former lead singer of The Temptations.

Customer Reviews

I'm sad now that I read it too..
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I'd recommend this book, reads fast and is entertaining.
M. Grogan
If you buy this book you are a moron!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

133 of 148 people found the following review helpful By claudia santana on June 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
if you are buying this book to know about Beverly Staub role in the story, you can find excerpts of it on the internet. You dont need to spend a single dollar just to read the few parts of the book where she is being mention.
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322 of 369 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just what kind of fact checking was actually done on this book anyway? Kevin Maher always has and always will be known as a snake and for anyone to take his word at face value is incomprehensible. Kevin, I hope you are reading this. A set of facts as simple as those surrounding the death of your father you have distorted to suit you and make you look like a superhero. Your father did NOT die 8/9/74 the day you were released from prision as your story so eloquently puts it, with you rushing to his side just a minute too late. Your father died Aug. 9 of 1977 of a heart attack on the subway. You would not take care of the burial arrangements so your uncle Ron had to purchase a plot in Fairview Cemetary in NJ to bury him where he rests today, left out the part about how you got your Uncle Patrick kicked off the force and had the nerve to show up for his wake. You always were and are, a slimeball. This book is a farce.
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122 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Brescia on May 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was good, but not $189.00. good! Funny after people watched "Housewifes of New Jersey" and talked about one of the cast members being in it, the price shot up. Belive me it is not worth $189.00.
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170 of 207 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Hey Kevin: I've been speaking with your Uncle Lawrence and Uncle Ron, this entire book is a fabrication and you know it. You are a rat in every sense of the word. Your own sister won't speak to you, your Uncles want to have a "word" with you, (guess thats why you wont tell us where in jersey you are you rat fink) your cousins Donnie & Al would like a word with you as well, your Uncle Paddy, God rest his soul wanted to kill you till his dying day and your father, Kelly, would be turning in his grave if he read all the lies in here. That story about you rushing to the hospital as he died was priceless, how do you think that crap up? He had a heart attack and died on the subway you idiot, and you got the date wrong as well, BY OVER A YEAR!!! Do some research and get your facts right before you BS around them. Kevin Maher has been exiled by his entire family, he is a rat fink who never thought of anyone but himself. This ENTIRE book is a fabrication. Ask Kevin what happened when he showed up at his Uncle Paddy's funeral. Go on, tell em Kev.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By just a fan on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just so you know: there is a paperback reissue due out July 1. Amazon has the price listed as $18.00 ISBN 1-4391-7638-8
A little patience will save you a lot of money
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Mims on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Of course no one is going to pay this kind of money for that book, and I wouldn't pay that much on ebay either. All you need to know about "Danielle" is on Gawker, the two pages she is in the book, and her mug shot. Save your money, this will never be a collectors item.Oh, and her real name is Beverly Merrill, you can find all you want with that info.
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63 of 80 people found the following review helpful By K. Kane on January 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Maher, you should be ashamed of yourself. I have never seen so many lies in one book in my life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dez on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I admit I bought into all the hype. Had to have it. It's awful. Can't even finish it.
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