A page-turning novel about the inner workings of the NYPD, based on the true story of a young policewoman’s decades-long fight for respect in the male-dominated world.
The Bronx, 1958.
The Policewomen's Bureau isn’t respected within the Department, even as it handles those cases only a woman's touch could solve. Marie Carrara, a young officer with the 44th Precinct, has joined the few women stepping away from the select matronly duties available to female officers to take up series cases. With courage and a stiff upper lip when undercover, Marie is dispatched to grim and scary situations, using her air of innocence and others' prejudice against her to take down degenerates and sex offenders. Despite the violence of her job, the sexism she faces daily, and a rocky marriage waiting for her at home, Marie is determined to make a name for herself within the NYPD and be the role model her young daughter deserves.
With the support of Marie Cirile, the real-life inspiration for Marie Carrara, author Ed Conlon combines the true stories of her time on the Job with his author's flair to create an exciting story, worthy of the best silver screen police movies.
Ed Conlon was 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. Having since retired from service, Ed is currently the Director of Editorial Services under the Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Communications.
Praise for Edward Conlon's Blue Blood A National Book Critics Circle Award? Finalist, New York Times Notable Book, and New York Times Bestseller
“[A] sprawling, wry, opinionated, beautifully written memoir.”—New York Times
“A richly entertaining peek behind the badge.”—Time
“Blue Blood explains the job and its history like no book before. . . . It is not only a cop's Moby Dick, it is an American Crime and Punishment.”—Chicago Tribune
“He illuminates every aspect of police work with wisdom and wry humor . . . Blue Blood is a memoir that casts back to the earliest days of New York’s police. It is also a family history, written with love and esteem.”—The Telegraph
“Nuanced and epic . . . Conlon lays waste to the clichés and tells a tale that is by turns lyrical, gritty, and highly compelling.”—The Irish Independent
“For vividness, perception, humor and quirkiness, this is unbeatable; a masterpiece of realistic reportage.”—Express
“Conlon is a wonderful writer, street smart and poetic, arresting you with his deft turn of phrase. . . . Rapid-fire war stories capture the mania of [his] life as a cop, from his rookie days in public housing in 1995 to his current post as a detective in the South Bronx. Readers are lucky Conlon gives them a pass into his world.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“Gripping . . . Even those with a more cynical view of the realities of police work will be impressed by the warts-and-all portrait Conlon provides, and his gifts as a writer will doubtless attract a wide audience.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“A sprawling, loose-limbed collection of funny and harrowing on-the-clock anecdotes, broken up by numerous digressions into family and institutional history.”—AV Club
“It is difficult to imagine a more thorough immersion into the world of everyday copdom. . . . [Conlon] admits us into a fascinating and frightening world that is never far from our own doorstep.”—BookPage
“[A] dynamic, dark-humored memoir of daily life on the NYPD. . . . Conlon's impressive knowledge of and passion for New York City history and its political characters shine through out.”—Harvard Magazine
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