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Pan Macmillan UK, Feb 1, 2011 - True Crime - 304 pages

Alphabet City in 1988 burned with heroin, radicalism, and anti-police sentiment.

Working as a plainclothes narcotics cop in the most high-voltage neighborhood in Manhattan, Detective Sergeant Mike Codella earned the nickname "Rambo" from the local dealers, as well as a $50,000 bounty on his head.

The son of a cop who grew up in a mob neighborhood in Brooklyn, Codella understood the unwritten laws of the shadowy businesses that ruled the streets. He knew that the further east you got from the relative safety of 5th Avenue, Washington Square Park and NYU, the deeper you entered the sea of human misery, greed, addiction, violence and all the things that come with an illegal retail drug trade run wild.

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Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side

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Former NYPD officer Codella's memoir opens with his childhood in Canarsie, Brooklyn, where kids mostly chose to become cops or criminals. While Codella had his share of youthful indiscretions, he ... Read full review

ALPHAVILLE: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side

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Tough-talking memoir of a street cop turned detective who battled the druglords of New York City's Lower East Side.Alphaville, or Alphabet City, may now resemble "Epcot center, or one of those streets ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Michael Codella retired from the Police Department in 2003 as a Detective Sergeant and is now a professional fight trainer and martial arts instructor. Bruce Bennett's writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Sun; he has also performed and recorded music with the A-Bones, Hasil Adkins, Action Swingers, Yo La Tengo, and Andre Williams. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

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