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Blue Blood Paperback – Unabridged, April 5, 2005
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Blue Blood stands out primarily because of Detective Conlon's sharp wit and humor. His vivid descriptions of the characters, customs and encounters that dominate a street cop's life had me laughing out loud. Likewise, his wry observations and amusing insights into the absurd aspects of NYPD bureaucracy (i.e., the petty bosses, the pervasive internal politics, the inane departmental regulations, etc.) made for entertaining fodder. In fact, Conlon's colorful writing and artful phrasing so impressed me that after finishing the CD/audio version of Blue Blood, I bought the paperback just so that I could re-read and highlight the exceptional prose.
Blue Blood also takes an absorbing, unvarnished look at the serious side of urban crime fighting including the tragic conditions that police routinely encounter, the ever-present dangers that confront officers in the line of duty, the devastating mistakes that can sometimes occur in high crime environments, and the flawed criminal justice procedures that too often fail to keep "perps" off the streets. What proves most interesting about this book, however, is that even in the face of such trials and frustrations, there is no sense of bitterness or defeat. Instead, Blue Blood paints an encouraging picture of policing. And in Conlon, you definitely see a good man who thoroughly believes in "the Job" and who relishes in carrying out his calling as a cop.
I absolutely loved Blue Blood. The book is lengthy (559 pages), but it is well worth the time. I highly recommend this amazing work.
The book is at least 100 pages too long, and much of the surplusage comes early on. You will learn about every one of Conlon's relatives who became a cop, about movies like The French Connection, Serpico, and the Godfather, and even about forgotten patriot Gouverneur Morris -- and his brother!! Yep, Conlon definitely stayed awake while at Harvard. The man is a walking, talking raconteur and spewer of information.
Yet, there is a very good book in here. The stories about Conlon's police work might strike some as repetitive, but what the police do IS repetitive. If they are on the drugs beat, for example, they don't investigate bank robberies. They deal with drugs, day in and day out. So I think he paints an honest picture of police work.
Plus, many of his stories are downright hilarious.
So, hang in through the early sections, don't be too annoyed by the avalanche of acronyms, and overall you'll enjoy the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story but hard to read. Should be broken up into shorter chaptersPublished 4 months ago by Drummer man
Fantastic. I could not put it down. Conlon gives you the ups an downs, the frustrating bureaucracy and the rewards of a largely thankless job in the department of our nations model... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JZA
Quite possibly one of the best police books I've ever read. It is a hardcover book (damn, wish this was in Kindle) -- and dates back to 2004. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BOOK CZAR
In 1995, Mr. Conlon became a New York City police officer in his early twenties after graduating from Harvard. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Franklin the Mouse
I like the program and watch it each and every time its on but......... whoever is writing the script makes Danny out to be a hard headed moron. Read morePublished 14 months ago by larry Mccauley
Very interesting read - the reality of policing in NY compared to the usual fiction. Better than the tv series that is based on the book.Published 17 months ago by Filmmonkey
Not a fun book to read. I started to read it thinking it would be a neat book to read but I put it down after 75 pages because it did not keep my attention.Published 18 months ago by Cpippen