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True Blue: To Protect and Serve Hardcover – April 29, 2008

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"* "Well worth reading." Police History Society (UK) on a COP'S LIFE"

From the Back Cover

Lieutenant Randy Sutton’s fascinating collection of stories and memories, solicited from law enforcement officers across the country, offers a broad and insightful look at the many facets of police life: courage, exhilaration, frustration, loss, and even humor—from the everyday to the career-defining moments on the job. Told by the cops who lived them, the stories in True Blue  show what it truly means to protect and serve.

“[Sutton] brings to vivid reality the real stories of cops whose guts and glory are seldom seen and rarely heard.”—John Langley, creator of COPS

Readers will come to recognize the faces behind the badge, as they witness officers charge into the unknown on The Beat, honor and mourn friends in The Fallen, hear the War Stories spread in police locker rooms and bars, discover the unbreakable line between civilian and cop in the Line of Duty, and feel the blood-boiling adrenaline during those life-altering moments when a cop must use Deadly Force.

“They all come right from the heart that beats beneath the badge.”—New York Daily News on True Blue (vol. I)

A portion of the royalties for this book will be donated to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383541
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Slavin on June 1, 2005
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The author has put together an excellent collection of true police short stories from around the country. By my count there are 55 different contributors included. Most of the stories are just several pages in length so that makes for quick reading. As might be expected the quality of the writers is somewhat uneven. Frequently there are quite dramatic events being recounted that certainly maintain the readers attention. All in all--quite an interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy O'Hara on December 31, 2007
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Randy Sutton has done a superlative job of putting together the best collection of police stories I have ever seen. He touches the soul of the law enforcement officer from the mundane to the terrifying and heart rending, with each story standing alone as a classic--and a tribute to all who have worn the badge. Some of the shortest are the most touching, and behind the solid image that all cops are asked to maintain, one gets to hear the emotions they keep to themselves because no one wants to hear them. This is not a collection for those greedy for blazing gun battles and wild chases, though there are a few, as there should be, and they are painful to read--the horror of survival is not like television, brushing off the dust and "back to work."

These are stories by men and women who work a world of darkness and strive to find, in it all, a little humor, a little humanity, a little something to hang on to. My hat is off to all who contributed to this book--I know it wasn't easy.

This is the book I suggest cops hold onto and leave for those after them to read. They'll understand.

Andy O'Hara, Badge of Life
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Deaton on June 5, 2007
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So... This is an amazing book that allows you to reach down deep into the minds and souls of the police officers. Just like Sutton's "A Cops Life" I found this book to be amazing. It also has a section dedicated to the officers of 9/11. Sure we have all heard about 9/11 but have you heard true behind the scenes, in the hearts and minds of a police officer who responded that horrible day and survives?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Griffin on July 6, 2008
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This really reminds me of when there is a lull in calls and we are able to sit around, drink some coffee, and tell some "You remember when..." stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sea shell on November 2, 2008
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I bought this book as a gift for my son who is a police officer. It was on his wish list. I could not believe how fast it came. It's like I placed the order, went to the door and there it was! Almost. It was packed well and arrived in pristine condition. Thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice Harrison on June 25, 2009
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I was really impressed when reading Sgt. Randy Sutton's book, TRUE BLUE: POLICE STORIES BY THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED THEM. Sutton himself is clearly very compassionate, kind and understanding and is able to portray his, and other law enforcement officers' experiences and feelings in vivid detail. He had a clear vision of what he wanted his book to be and he did an outstanding job at collecting stories from law enforcement officers which all revolve around similar themes, including human behavior, psychology, sociology, and the post-9/11 trauma. When reading these stories, I marvel at what these law enforcement officers experience on a daily basis and wonder how they cope as well as they do. What they see on a regular basis would turn the stomachs of the rest of us and we would run out of there screaming! It is high time that a book like this was written, because it allows you to see inside the minds of law enforcement officials and experience in vivid detail what they go through each day they are on the job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midnight Oil on March 29, 2009
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Randy Sutton is one fantastic writer. A very good read. His writing is meaty and intelligent, and always interesting. I certainly hope he continues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. D. Newvell on June 1, 2010
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I've spent quite a while reading this book, reading a little each day on my lunch breaks. It's such a shame I'm at the end of it now but I've loved every single minute I spent on it. This book is an emotional rollercoaster, just as I imagine the 'Job' is, as it explores the highs and lows of police work as a career.

I highly recommend this book and I believe that anyone with even a passing interest in the field of law enforcement, as well as those already in that line of work, will find it a difficult book to put down. And even if, somehow, you don't enjoy it, at least a donation is made to the families of those lost in the 9/11 attacks when you buy it.
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