The 1960s was a time of social and generational upheaval felt with particular intensity in the melting pot of New York City. A culture of corruption pervaded the New York Police Department, where payoffs, protection, and shakedowns of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common practice. The so-called blue code of silence protected the minority of crooked cops from the sanction of the majority.
Into this maelstrom came a working class, Brooklyn-born, Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet. Frank Serpico was a man who couldn't be silenced -- or bought -- and he refused to go along with the system. He had sworn an oath to uphold the law, even if the perpetrators happened to be other cops. For this unwavering commitment to justice, Serpico nearly paid with his life.
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This is one of the most intriguing stories I have read. If you have seen the movie starring Al Pacino you know it's an incredible adventure. The book far exceeds the movie in every way shape or form. You are sucked into Franks struggle and experience every emotion he does from start to finish. A must read.
Review: SerpicoUser Review - Ryan - Goodreads
Despite my best intentions and my love of the Al Pacino film, I could not get behind the real Serpico. He's a whiny drama queen and a poor sport. I spent the entire book rooting for the barely crooked ... Read full review