The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126
In the tradition of Serpico and Prince of the City, a brilliantly reported true story of power and betrayal in the NYPD set against the worlds of the Mafia and big-city politics
In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Lucchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for successfully posing as a hit man and arms smuggler, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Yet, once under cover, Armanti found that the wise guys he was chasing had access to classified police information. Stakes accelerated when the informant was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. Again and again, IAB's detectives compromised Armanti to protect the powerful man's son, but even the police commissioner ignored the situation. Like the fireman who took an oath to serve, Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger.
David Kocieniewski, former New York Times police bureau chief, reveals every moment of Armanti's effort to break through the wall enforced by the cops' top brass. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.
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Real life thrillerUser Review - davide60 - Overstock.com
The book was excellent and highly recommend it to all law enforcement. The book is a true story and very intriging, so it's not overdone with far fetch "die hard" drama, but the truth about city politics and the corruption that goes on behing close doors. ... Read full review
Review: Brass WallUser Review - Peter William Warn - Goodreads
Summary: An Entertainment Weekly pick as a best non-fiction book of 2003, The Brass Wall is timely and important still. It will be as long as police officers go undercover. _____ Instinct kicks in ... Read full review
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