The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

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Macmillan, Oct 2, 2003 - True Crime - 300 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - Apzmarshl - Goodreads

By the end I was so furious at the brass that my head hurt. The political game in law enforcement is something I've spent 20 years being really sick of. And for one dirty cop to turn on his brother makes my blood boil. I wish this wasn't a true story. Read full review

Contents

DEADLY ECHO
1
Us AGAINST THEM
5
No Accident
7
One Last Case
26
Both Ends
40
A Good Guy
51
These Guys Are Mine
67
The Hunter Hunted
79
Coming from the Top
143
One Shot One Kill
152
THE REAL
163
A Heads Up
165
What Any Father Would Do
179
Guys Wholl Take Care of This
193
Head on a Silver Platter
236
What Kind of World Would It Be?
261

First Buy
110
Theres Gonna Be Trouble
115
Are You Hot?
122
A Rock and a Hard Place
133
IN THE ARENA
277
Acknowledgments
299
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About the author (2003)

David Kocieniewski currently reports for The New York Times, where his stories frequently appear on the front page. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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