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Superbia by [Schaffer, Bernard]
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"Some of the repartee and scenes are LOL funny. The one where they go dumpster diving and have to wade through diaper feces was hysterical. Others are sad as we watch Vic succomb to alcohol. He's lost his kids in a divorce, most of his pay goes to child support and alimony, and he realizes the only time he really feels alive is when he's tricking a pedophile into confessing." (Goodreads)
 
"Ed McBain for the 21st Century." (Amazon)
 
"Step to the side, Joseph Wambaugh." (Amazon)
 
"Schaffer made cops real live, fragile and strong people. Post traumatic stress doesn't just plague those in the military but those who serve the public in many ways. I don't know if Mr. Schaffer was proselytizating or not but I read a lot of humanity between the lines." (Goodreads)
 
"The most subversive police book written since Serpico!" (Amazon)
 
"It reminds me of "The Wire" or "Chicago PD," in that it exposes the dark side of police work." (Goodreads)
 
"Books like this make me glad to be an insomniac." (Amazon)
 
"Fantastic read. Superbia is funny, brutal, sad, and tragic all at the same time." (Goodreads)
 
"After reading that Bernard was the 'McBain of the 21st Century' I had to give this one a go.  I am glad that I did." (Amazon)
 
"Schaffer is the very best independent author I have ever read...with Superbia, Schaffer has taken his game to an entirely new level." (Hulegaardbooks.com)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1679 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Apiary Society Publications (December 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00701D9LO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I grew up in a cop family. I was one of those little kids sitting at the dinner table begging to hear stories about the bad guys daddy caught and who would yell "Bye! Please be safe!" everytime he would leave for the station. Superbia lifts the veil why my father never really shared that many stories, and why he would stop me and reply "Don't say bye, say see ya later!". It also explained a lot of things for me too. Yes, Superbia gave me a new appreciation (and sadness) about what cops deal with but it was also a REALLY hard read for me. Because it hit too close to home, because I could picture it too clearly and also because now as an adult, I still have family on the force. Thank god for the cop humor in it (which I always thought was so dark, sick and twisted in a hysterical way). If it wasnt for the belly laughs they provided, I dont know what state I'd be in! This book itself IS the Truth Rabbit. Reading it beat out of me all of these emotions that I couldnt swallow down until I finished and had time to process. Which means, I didn't stop until I did just that. I did a 4 hours straight through read on my tiny a*s iphone kindle app screen. It was THAT MAJOR of a novel.Immediately afterwards, I did two things. Rub my eyes, and call my dad to say "hi". Thank you for writing this book and thank you for working to get the bad guys B. Please stay safe.
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There are so many things that I want to say about this book, but I truly believe that the best way to experience it is to go into it cold. That's the way I experienced it. From being a fan of the author, I knew roughly what it was about, but when I began to read, it could not have been any further from my initial expectation.

Hands down, Schaffer is the very best independent author I have ever read. I buy his books with confidence knowing that I'm going to get a quality read. With Superbia, Schaffer has taken his game to an entirely new level. It's obvious from the first pages of the book that he is very close to the subject matter, and that he's speaking straight from the heart. He presents the reader with an opportunity to peek behind the curtain of real police work. It's gritty and hard to stomach at parts, but when it's over, I can close the book. I can't even imagine what it's like to face that kind of evil every day.

You have probably read a police procedural or detective story before. You have never read one like this. Schaffer's story is dark, intelligent, eye-opening, and if you can believe it, funny. Superbia is somehow both the most somber and hilarious book Schaffer has ever written. I've already read it twice and I'm ready to go back again.

I have read all of this author's books, and Superbia is my new favorite by a wide margin. If I had to offer any criticism at all, it's that I have no idea how he's going to top it, but I can't wait to watch him try.
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I am associated with Bernard Schaffer as a member of Kindle All-Stars group, but I purchased the book on my own because I was interested in it and I am only writing my genuine feelings.

I began reading this book at the start of my lunch break in the middle of work today. I did absolutely nothing else until I had finished it two hours later. It is a rare book that compels me to such rapt attention. Superbia recalled for me one really interesting police procedural novel I read years ago by Ed McBain -- and I think this book is every bit as interesting and even more raw. Superbia could be called Ed McBain for the 21st century. This book also reminds me of some other classic police dramas, including the tv series Homicide: Life on the Street or NYPD Blue, or the movies Copland and Dirty Harry, and I am sure that I would be comparing it to The Wire, except that I haven't seen The Wire (my bad).

The conceit of Superbia is that all the characters have surnames based on Greek mythology. It might be best for me not to explain how the mythology is relevant to each of the characters, but clearly Bernard planned this aspect carefully, adding a strong level of allusiveness that rewards research and rereading. Most of the names are from the Iliad, many others from Ovid or Sophocles or the Homeric Hymns. Some connections are very clearly relevant, especially one which is tragically so.

Yes, I said tragic. Tragic in the sense that Sophocles is tragic, that Shakespeare's great plays are tragic -- a good person falls to ruin as a result of mistakes and bad luck. There is some rough and painful material in here. Brutality, cruelty, savage emotions, pedophilia, injustice, idiots and smooth operators in law enforcement, bad things happening to good people.
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From the moment I started to read this book, I found that I had trouble putting it down. It was sharp, clean, did not ramble,it had specific police interaction, and it gave glimpses of humor. It reminded me of Joesph Wambaugh's style and flavor, but more true to the crimes it pursued. It made me look for more books by this author. In one word...Exciting!
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Well. this was some book!!! I read iton my kindle in less than 24hours. I couldn't put it down. At my age of 60ish it is the BEST book I have ever read,I promise you I will read it again. supriseingly so things made just laugh out loud to myself. this book is written by the heart and soul of the very talented and gited author Bernard J. Schaffer. omg so well done. should be made itno a movie. well. buy it and LOVE IT as I did.
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