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Imagine if the hoodlums that run YOUR neighborhood selling drugs, guns, doing robberies and shakedowns, etc... ALSO had police badges??? What a powerful (and profitable) position to be in!
What are you going to do when you call the police about a robbery, and while "investigating" the incident, they pocket all your valuables (or drugs) that the thief overlooked? Your local crack dealer gets busted with a large amount of dope - well guess who's selling it now? Are your illegal *business activities* making more money than theirs? No problem - they will just come and take it over (and everything else too) ...and who are you going to report THAT to - the cops?
Some of the NYPD did just that during the 80's and lived the "good life" until eventually getting caught. These were ordinary average wage cops just looking to "make some extra money" when they saw an opportunity, and they suuuure did. You won't believe some of the crazy things they got away with! Many close calls from those that *could* have discovered what they were up to, until that shiny badge was waived at them before anyone got too nosey.
There were quite a few descriptions that made me chuckle out loud, and it's narrated in such a way (by the always awesome Kevin Pierce) that makes you feel as though you were there too, just hanging out with a beer and talking about "the good 'ol days"...all the while secretly wishing that you too were part of their inner circle at the time.
Well done! Loved it - could even be a TV series: "Goodfella's ...NYPD". Lol
I was gifted this in exchange for an honest review - Thank You Thank You!
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Absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is what I think of when I think about this book. After reading "Betrayal in Blue," I have never felt so unsafe, unprotected and scared (I live in NYC!). I imagine that things have changed in a huge way, but that doesn't make what really happened here on the NYPD any less terrifying. There is a lot of discussion on this topic today and I believe this case should be remembered as one where the "good guys" weren't good at all and, in fact, they wreaked havoc on the city they policed. Normally I prefer true crime of the murder variety but this was a really superb and welcome change of pace. Kevin Pierce is a master of true crime narration. I would recommend this story to any true crime lovers!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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