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“Harrowing…thrilling…in-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leap off the page.” –Kirkus Reviews
"A candid and unapologetic glimpse into a lawman's life. Grim, exhilarating, heroic … with a dash of history thrown in for good measure." --Lt. Randy Sutton, author of True Blue and A Cop's Life
“Some of the best cop stories you'll ever read—[I] promise. Rick Baker's Compton makes the South Bronx look like [summer] camp.”
--Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD
"Compton, California, in the 1970s and 80s was like the Wild West, and Rick Baker was perhaps the Compton Police Department's bravest and most honorable officer. His book, Vice, is a nonstop thrilling saga of how this small but determined police force kept order in a tough town."
--Leonard Levitt, author of NYPD Confidential
Additionally, the officers in Compton Police Department had a very good bond with each other.
This book is an amazing story that is completely engaging from the very first page and keeps you enthralled in the author's journey all the way to the very end!
I will be rereading this book again and would recommend it to any of my friends who like to read.
Great reading. I was raised there so brought back lots of memories.Published 1 month ago by Edward Gould
This is a must read. A well written story/history of true police work, a city in transition and political evils. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael A. Forth
Good book about real rough old School cops who served a bit of street justice, awesome read for those who like police booksPublished 3 months ago by Linda Scholz
John (Rick) Baker is able to do what few can do: go inside into the complex world of Compton, CA and the Compton PD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LH David
I grew up in Compton. I have long understood that this was a different place to live, but I never really understood why until I read Sgt. Baker's book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Skolnick
This book gives you an inside view of the life of a compton cop. It features action drama and an historical backround and tells the daily routine in the killing fields of Los... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marvin Droßert
The book written by Sgt. Baker is an actual true account of the city Compton, with a population of 70,000, when it was transitioning from an all white city to an all black city in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by albert duarte
The way policing used to get done,when the Law ran the streets and not the criminals. A exciting view on hard men in tough times getting it done with no rules, no back up, no... Read morePublished 5 months ago by PHIL
Being raised in Compton during the late 40's, 50's and into the 60's when my parents were forced to sell our beautiful home and get out, this book struck home. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer