No Lights, No Sirens: The Corruption and Redemption of an Inner City Cop

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Harper Collins, Jul 25, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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No Lights, No Sirens is the harrowing true story of an officer who, on his way to becoming one of the most highly decorated cops in NYPD history, lost his soul...

Robert Cea began his career as an idealistic young man, a gifted lawman who would right wrongs and make the world a better place by putting away the bad guys. But whatever he'd learned at the academy did not prepare him for the streets, the thugs, or the depravity he'd encounter. "I'd sworn it would never get to me," he writes, "that I'd never turn into the monsters I was chasing. I was wrong." And become a monster he did, during his relentless journey into the criminal netherworld.

Brutally authentic, as gritty and graphic as the life itself, Cea's story takes readers into the cruisers and onto the streets to show how the law was–and continues to be–routinely bent to stay one step ahead of the criminals. Cea painstakingly reveals his slow downward spiral into the depths of hell that would shatter his conscience, destroy his marriage, and corrupt his mind. It would all lead to a final attempt at redemption that would nearly cost him his life.

Illuminating a hidden side of law enforcement that cannot be imagined, No Lights, No Sirens is as gripping as it is terrifying, a morality tale with repercussions for us all.

 

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User Review  - emigre - LibraryThing

Hard to believe, even harder to put down, this book is an intense read of the transformation of a bright-eyed NYPD rookie into a cynical and corrupt veteran cop. Lots of vivid scenes from the book will haunt you long after reading. Read full review

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Virtually every cliche in every noirish police melodrama ever filmed by Hollywood turns out to be the God's-honest truth, to judge by this pulpy memoir. Cea, a television writer who recently sold ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Beginning
3
On the Outside
27
TestiLie
41
Bully of the Badlands
75
Mia
90
Escopeta Pequeña
99
Welcome to the Jungle
112
The Slow Decline
168
Monster
185
Borges
206
G O 15 Not in Effect
232
Redemption
254
The End
265
Endgame Baby Endgame
283
Epilogue
285

Thirst for the Darkness
130
Shots Fired 1013 K
148
Acknowledgments
288
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About the author (2006)

Robert Cea retired in his early thirties as a highly decorated police officer. He now splits his time between the East and West Coasts, developing projects in film and television. He lives in New York City.

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