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- Publisher: Old Kings Road Press (June 20, 2007)
- Publication Date: June 20, 2007
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMTWS94
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When I finally dug True Blue out from its dark hiding place, I literally couldn't put it down. Even though I'm not a wounded Vietnam Veteran and I've never lived in NYC and I've never been a Hispanic cop, Joe Sanchez lived my life. Oh sure, our trials and tribulations are different, but one Don Quixote recognizes another windmill jouster instantly. It's not that Joe doesn't see ugliness, it's that he knows beauty is out there'almost in reach. His courage isn't the chest-thumping kind. Sanchez is an everyday Joe with a gritty determination to make things better'for the community, for his family, and for himself.
For those who have given up on the world, this might seem foolish'but like Quixiote and through a veil of jokes and clever observations about his fellow officers and a vast array of villains, Joe is a wise and dignified man'and maybe a little bit literary. He has a knack of defining character or telling a story with a few deft lines'and he made me laugh, or at least smile and go `ah', time and again.
For example, when a friend of his is killed, he describes his sorrow this way, "I stood under the shower hoping the whole thing would wash away. But the sound of water washing down the drain didn't bring any comfort. It sounded like blood draining out of a bleeding heart."
And he described a policeman this way, "This guy didn't look like a Hispanic. He looked like some big old guy from out of The Last of the Mohigans, and they called him Big Chief. He was a great back-up guy. Cheerful as you like, but all he had to do was stand behind you and look like the kind who could rip somebody's heart out with one whack of the tomahawk, and nobody gave you no crap."
And my favorite story took a mere paragraph, "Sure enough, when we opened the door, there wasn't even any creepy movie music to warn us what was going to happen. Pyscho just came flying out at us with a big kitchen knife. Situation like this, you had to do something, even if the guy was a nut. I don't think I weighed it out, but I shot him in the right leg. He dropped the knife and went hopping off to a room on the left, yelling in pain. Potter and Velez went after him and cuffed him, and then, when he was restrained...bless her heart, his mom stood by him trying to comfort him. He was still her baby, even if he had been planning to stuff her and keep her in the cellar or something."
For all his immigrant earnestness, life as a cop wasn't always easy for Sanchez. He ran into his share of operational resistance. As his story develops you begin to see that Joe's career resembled the old saying, "Sometimes you eats the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." Since not everyone who wears a police uniform or works for the government sees the world the same way, Joe faced a monumental challenge that changed his life.
True Blue is more film noir than memoir. It's chock-full of really, really bad guys who duke it out with tough-talking cops after eyeball-shaking car chases through shadowy cityscapes. Sometimes it reminds one of a dysfunctional Walton family where a brother in blue has your back in the morning and leaves you hanging in the afternoon. It's smarmy charm rivals fiction for readability and sheer entertainment. Yet, for all its action and clever dialogue, Joe Sanchez is my new hero. He's both human and endearing...and what happens to him is...well, I won't spoil the story...but you really must read it.
Author of "Username," "Chance ... and other horrors," "In the Shadow of Suribachi," and "Losing Patience"
The accuracy is astounding. It includes Joe Sanchez's evocation of 163rd street, the neighborhood around the old 153rd street precinct house, the bizarre "only in New York" characters, and even some of the cops...WHOM I RECOGNIZED!!!
Mr. Sanchez has a rich memory, a compassionate soul, and an abundant sense of humor. I strongly recommend this magnificent work - as living history, a police procedural, and a gripping personal journey. Mr. Sanchez knocked it out of the park, and I can't wait for his next one.
The book, True Blue, A Tale of the Enemy Within, is a made for movie book that specifically and in graphic detail describes all he endured throughout his lifetime as a New York City police officer and as human being. Persistence and determination is an understatement in describing Mr. Joe Manuel Sanchez Picon. I'm not only proud to have met this gentleman during my lifetime, but also proud to know that he is a, "Positive and Unique Representation to all honest Latino Officers around the globe."
Al Bermudez Pereira, Author of my new 2009, book:
Ruins of a Society and the Honorable, ISBN: 978-0-578-04343-2