One tough cop: the Bo Dietl story

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Pocket Books, Aug 1, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
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In an age of rampant corruption and violence, Richard "Bo" Dietl was the strongest cop on New York's meanest streets -- and he did things his way, no holds barred. In fifteen years he made over 1,400 felony arrests compared to the average cop's career total of 180. But after 75 medals and awards, and countless brushes with death, he broke the city's most notorious case -- the Harlem convent rape -- and faced a blue wall of police department resentments and politics. He knew his time was coming to an end. The Bo Dietl Story From his rookie days to the dangerous work on the police decoy unit to his moonlighting as a bodyguard for Arab sheiks, this is the true story of the maverick cop who made the busts, the headlines and the controversies. Now Bo Dietl tells what it's really like inside the raw and deadly world of a big-city cop -- and how one man became a legend from the station house to the streets.

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I am a true crime buff and I found this book to be a compelling look into the lives of the NYPD officers that served our country in the 1970's and 1980's. Yes, there were allegations of corruption (in general) but what police department in America didn't have corrupt cops? I think this book accurately portrays the stereotypical NYPD cop and his fight on the mean streets of New York City. I give this book 5 stars, not because it is Pulitzer Prize material, but rather an unabated, unabashed and unbiased glimpse into the mind of a beat cop out on the streets. 


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About the author (1988)

Richard "Bo" Dietl retired from the NYPD in 1985, with over 1,500 felony arrests and a 95 percent conviction rate. He has since formed his own investigation and securities firm, Bo Dietl & Associates (BDA), advising major corporations, celebrity clients, and foreign dignitaries.
Bob Blyis an independent copywriter and author of more than fifty books, including "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Direct Marketing" and "The Copywriter's Handbook,