Blue Blood

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Ebury Publishing, May 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages
92 Reviews

'Superb. The most stunning memoir ever written about the cop world'

Joseph Wambaugh

'Beautiful and inspiring, terrifying and heartbreaking'

James Frey

'More chilling than even the most realistic cop dramas on TV'

People

'A great book...with the testimonial force equal to that of Michael Herr's Dispatches' Time

Blue Blood is the fast-paced, insider story of Edward Conlon's career in the New York Police Department. Conlon tells of his first days as a rookie, walking a beat in the south Bronx through his time in narcotics and his ascent to gold shield detective. Conlon is the product of generations involved in law enforcement, good cops and bad, and he paints a vivid portrait of the teeming street life of the city, in all its horror and splendour. It's all here: adrenaline-fuelled chases, toxic police politics, crackhead informants and police camaraderie. The pace is relentless, the stories hypnotic, the scope nothing less than monumental.

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

Conlon's writing was very good, and the subject matter was mostly interesting, but this book really could have used an editor. A book of anecdotes about life as a New York City police officer did not have to be 550 pages. Read full review

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User Review  - Kimberly Hicks - Goodreads

Long but interesting account of a NYPD officer's entry into the force and his time on the job. His descriptions are detailed and he weaves historical information with ease. I could have done with a few less details and trimmed it by 100 pages. I did enjoy it, though. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Edward Conlon is a detective with the New York City Police Department. A graduate of Regis High School in New York and of Harvard, he has published articles in The New Yorker and he lives and works in the Bronx.

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