The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

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Henry Holt and Company, 2004 - True Crime - 328 pages
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"A modern-day Serpico."
-Entertainment Weekly (one of the 10 best books of 2003-nonfiction)

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for his past undercover work, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Then he found out that the wiseguys had access to classified police information. When the leak was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, IAB detectives compromised Armanti again and again to protect the powerful man's son. But Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger.

Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.

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The book was excellent and highly recommend it to all law enforcement. The book is a true story and very intriging so its 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

The brass wall: the betrayal of undercover detective #4126

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A former New York Times police bureau chief tells the scary story of Vincent Armanti, who went undercover only to discover that the bad guys he was chasing were being fed classified information from within the NYPD. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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