"Betrayal In Blue is a no-nonsense, go-for-the-jugular account of NYPD's 75th Precinct in the late eighties. In a near first-person style, it details the war-like conditions of a five square mile precinct which lured a group of officers into schemes of corruption which were unparalleled in the annals of law enforcement. For those who are interested in the Thin Blue Line, it is a riveting, must-read book. Two thumbs up from a retired old-school police officer." - Stephen M. Bateman
"This was an excellent book...much more then was covered in the documentary...very open and honest and held nothing back...I was a former federal agent and fully understand how these things can happen...great read!!!" - Phillp Karge
"Never before has the wife of an infamous corrupt cop been so forthcoming about love and loyalty, trust and betrayal as Dori Eurell in this breakthrough true crime book by two of America's top investigative journalists" - Denise Wallace
"Betrayal in Blue: The Shocking Memoir of the Scandal That Rocked the NYPD by Burl Barer, Frank C. Girardot Jr., and Ken Eurell is a true crime non-fiction novel about the '80s scandal involving NYPD cops actively involved in drug dealing. Betrayal in Blue starts off with an introduction to and the background of this true story, and then starts from the beginning, from when NYPD was first put into place, the background and family histories of the main people involved, New York City of those times, and the surrounding environment of gambling dens, drugs, and free love that characterized that period when they were growing up. Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell were just two ordinary policemen fighting crime in NYC and when opportunities came along to make more money, they slowly got more into that lifestyle. Soon, they were actually carving out a deal with prominent drug lord, Adam Diaz, and living a lavish lifestyle until it all came crashing down when they were found out. This is the story of their way into the world of crime and its aftermath, including their later attempts to escape and the public humiliation of their capture.
Betrayal in Blue is an engrossing read and I was fascinated with this story. The book is extremely well written and the fact that it comes from details provided by the main people involved, including Adam Diaz, makes it even more interesting. I also very much enjoyed reading about the background of Kenny and others, and NYC culture, and how it was in those days. It created a living image of NYC and the Brooklyn area for me of several decades back. Overall, for me, this book ranks high on the list of true crime stories and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. -Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Burl Barer is a Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience. Garnering accolades for his creative contributions to radio, television, and print media, Barer's career has been highlighted in the London Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, USA Today, Variety, and on ABC's Good Morning America. Barer is a frequent commentator on numerous true crime radio and television programs heard and seen world wide, including "True Murder," "Epic Mysteries," "Deadly Sins," "Deadly Women," and "Motives and Murders". Burl Barer hosts the award winning Internet radio show, TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED on Magic Matt Alan's OutlawRadioUSA.com His true crime classic, MURDER IN THE FAMILY, is ranked at #3 on the "Ten Best True Crime Books Ever Written," and Barer is listed as one of America's 100 "MUST READ" authors. - Frank Girardot is an American author, journalist, victims advocate, and radio host. He is CEO of Pegasus Communications, LLC and a former editor and columnist for the Los Angeles News Group. He has won several writing awards including the Southern California Press Association's award for Investigative Journalism 1995, the Los Angeles Press Club's First Place Award for sportswriting in 1998 and was a finalist for the 2015 University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism in 2015. Girardot has appeared on Fox News and Dateline NBC. He has three children and is a Roman Catholic. He plays guitar in Thunderheart, a band he formed with "Breaking Bad" co-star Dean Norris. -- Ken Eurell was born and raised in Queens, New York during the '60s. He was hired by the NYPD and at the age of 20. He was assigned the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for training, then assigned to the 75 precinct in the East New York section of Brooklyn. It wasn't until a fateful partner assignment years later in 1987 that Eurell was exposed to the darker side of the NYPD. Making the decision whether to cross over the thin blue line. After two years of criminal behavior as a police officer, Eurell began to write down his exploits into a memoir. The criminal activity continued for 3 years until 1992 when he was arrested with his partner back in 1987. Today, Eurell resides in Florida and remains married to his wife Dori of 31 years who stood by his side. Together they raised two successful children and enjoy spending time with their two grandsons.