Blue Blood by Edward Conlon

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A richly textured, anecdotal portrait of life as a police officer in the NYPD chronicles one man's life as a cop, from growing up with a police officer father and his education at Harvard, to his first day on the beat in the South Bronx and to his rise to detective, capturing the complex life on the street of the city, his law enforcement legacy, and the camraderie of the force. 125,000 first printing.

About Edward Conlon

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Edward Conlon is a detective with the New York City Police Department. A graduate of Harvard, he has published articles in The New Yorker and Harper's and his work has been included in The Best American Essays. He is the author of a memoir, Blue Blood, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a New York Times bestseller.From the Hardcover edition.
Published January 1, 2005 by Riverhead Books. 559 pages
Genres: . Non-fiction

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Although the extensive descriptions of stakeouts could have been pruned, it’s unlikely that anyone will soon provide a more literate view of a police precinct: “good-hearted if sometimes misguided, bound by duty and tradition and semi-private heartbreak.” Conlon’s prose, buffed to a high sheen, m...

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The narrative spans the violent early 1990s, touches on the controversial Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo cases, and features an evocative account of the grim recovery at the Fresh Kills landfill, sifting through remains of the twin towers, where circling birds provided clues to human remains.

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The title of Edward Conlon's sterling cop memoir Blue Blood immediately prepares readers for irony ahead, perhaps some exposé about systemic corruption within the doggedly insular institution of the New York Police Department.

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Entertainment Weekly

Early on in this splendid recounting of his long years with the NYPD, Edward Conlon writes, ''The way I worked as a cop was to know the basics, trust my instincts, and make it up as I went along.'' Much the same can be said for his crisp, clear writing.

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Oregon Live

But with "Red on Red," main character Nick Meehan remains "a missionary without a mission."

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Conlon's account of the processing of a cop's corpse at a Ground Zero morgue is among the most graphic, heartbreaking images yet excavated from the 9/11 tragedy.

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IN THIS wonderful memoir of life in the New York Police Department, Edward Conlon tells us, first of all, about being a patrol cop.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Charles Matthews Critical Summary Conlon still works for the NYPD, and his closeness to his subject gives Blue Blood, which began as a series of features for The New Yorker, what The New York Times Book Review calls "charge and immediacy."

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It seems like the highest praise of Conlon the cop and Conlon the writer that they appear to be one and the same.

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