A Cop's Life: True Stories from the Heart Behind the Badge

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Macmillan, Aug 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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A COP'S LIFE...
is about a midnight call that brings you to a grandmother battered to death in her bed while three punks go running and laughing through the night....

A COP'S LIFE...
is about the man in the Ninja outfit who absorbs a full magazine of hollowpoint bullets and still raises his gun to kill you...

A COP'S LIFE...
is about the honor student, the pride and hope of his family, hanging from a speaker wire, or the baby who dies in your arms, or the people who think you're a hero--or the devil...

In this powerful collection of tales from the frontlines, Las Vegas police sergeant Randy Sutton goes beyond the neon into the dark corners of society, putting us into the driver's seat of his cruiser and a job that ricochets from moments of sheer terror to coffee-fueled boredom--with stops on the way at every conceivable act of human folly and depravity. With a poet's touch, and the unflinching realism of a crime scene photograph, A COP'S LIFE is the ultimate depiction of the hardest job there is.

"Brilliantly evokes the tormented inner life of the average cop."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A compelling, sometimes wrenching, always insightful read that takes us into the soul of a working cop."
--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Chair and The Motive


 

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Contents

Johnnys Last Day
1
Sunday Mourning
20
405
37
Dead Man Talking
59
Her Name Was Jackie
77
The Man of the House
96
Honor Thy Mother
125
My Quid
147
Death Dance
175
Willy
194
The Messenger
207
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About the author (2006)

RANDY SUTTON is a Senior Sergeant at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in several big screen movies and HBO movies including Casino, Fools Rush In, and The Road Home. On television, he has appeared on COPS, America's Most Wanted, and Las Vegas. He is the editor of and a contributor to True Blue, a collection of true police stories written by officers from across America, also available from St. Martin's Press.

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