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Product Details

  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560254122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560254126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" 'NYPD' portrays a profession that is not all that different from the people it works to protect." -- Daniel Pulliam, Indianapolis Star, January 4, 2003

"An admirable selection of works . . . Meaty tales for the law-abiding, armchair adventurer." -- Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2002

"Provides an astute, gripping overview of what it means to work within the largest police force in the United States." -- Eleanor J. Bader, New York Law Journal, December 11, 2002

"Some of the best work done by New York's finest . . . These selections paint a vivid portrait of the NYPD." -- Police & Security News, December 2002

"This work will be a welcome chance to discover several well-told stories that are worth reading in full." -- Errol Louis, The New York Sun, January 15, 2003

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As a native New Yorker from Brooklyn and an aspiring police officer candidate, I'm glad I picked up this book.
Big Baby Jesus
This is a great book for those who want to get an insiders glimpse of a high risk job, an adrenaline rush, true stories that read like good fiction.
cpt matt
I myself am planning to become a cop, and these stories help me realize what it takes and what i will be dealing with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Entwistle on November 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
it's a terrific book, with no weak stories, but they are NOT the ones listed above in the editorial review. Enlarge the cover photo - those are the writers you'll see. There's nothing by Maas, Wolfe, Stroud, Hellman, etc. I don't know where that other list came from. The stories included, though, are gritty and compelling. I liked the one by Joe Poss so much that I have already ordered a copy of his out-of-print book. I consider myself to have read a lot of NYPD stories and I had seen none of these before. The variety has always been the greatest thing about the Adrenaline series - my shelves now have many books I first "met" through this series. Anyway - no weak sisters here; it's all strong stuff, from the late 1800's to very current events (no WTC). There are 12 entries - three authors each wrote two, but you won't care - when the cops themselves write you feel like you're sitting next to them in the car. A great gift, one of the series' best volumes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Slavin on April 28, 2006
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This is a compilation of stories from eleven authors. The time frame is from the 1800's up to the case of Abner Louima in 1997. Along the way the reader learns about the Civil War riots, corrupt and hero cops as well as visits to the tough precincts on the Bronx and Brooklyn. Good collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Navyvet on January 22, 2003
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I've just started reading this book about 3 days ago and it's already given me much pleasure. As a police sergeant and a former NYC resident, I have to smile at the dry no bull section on ghetto policing and I'm in awe when I read the story about the draft riot in New York. It is hard to believe that the city was the stage of what amounted to an all out war within it's boundries!
If you like police stories and you love New York, then I know you'll enjoy this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Baby Jesus on November 16, 2004
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As a native New Yorker from Brooklyn and an aspiring police officer candidate, I'm glad I picked up this book. It gave me some insight on what I'm going to be dealing with...the thugs out there don't care if you're black or white..they see blue. I really felt like I was sitting in the seat in the first chapter: "brooklyn bounce"..and the "buddy boys" chapter about the corrupt police officers...great read for anyone who likes true crime stories
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 17, 2003
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The stories in this book tells the many different aspects of policing. From stories of ghetto cops,corrupt cops, draft riots, hero cops, and many more. I myself am planning to become a cop, and these stories help me realize what it takes and what i will be dealing with.
If you are thinking of becoming a cop, or like cop stories, you must pick up this book, its simply great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt G. on September 15, 2011
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This is basically a collection of excerpts from other books. Some are good, some are merely ok. If you've read other cop books you probably won't be impressed by this one too much, if this is your first one you'll probably like it more. It's not boring, it's not gripping, it's not something I'd recommend to others or rave about. But, it does make the commute easier by keeping you busy turning pages.

I wish I could give it 2.5 stars, because it's exactly that - average. That not being an option, it gets 3. Pick it up if you find it cheap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Mac Daid on January 10, 2003
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The collection of stories here ranges from excellent to, in my opinion, weak. The modern stories of ghetto policing is as equally exciting as the riots of the Gangs of New York. However there is a secion about murders in the 1800's where no one is captured. This is weak and offers lots of ifs and buts as to the identities of the killers. The piece on Justin Volpe just stops offering no conclusion to those not already familiar with the case. A good read but could offer a whole lot more.
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