Alphaville. Michael Codella & Bruce Bennett
Alphabet City in 1988 burned with heroin, radicalism, and anti-police sentiment. Shining a cool light into the parallel forces, struggles, and stories that transformed the neighborhood--starting with the police work that transformed Detective Sergeant Mike Codella--ALPHAVILLE resurrects the vicious streets of the East Village, the epicenter of the New York drug scene. Code...more
In "Alphaville," author Michael Codella (known on the streets as "Rambo") relates stories from the days back in the mid-late 1980's when he and his partner, Gio (aka "Fastback") worked to help clean up the drug-riddled streets of New York City's Lower East Side, specifically tar ...more
In between bits of true life criminal incidents, Codella shares history about the mafia, drug trafficking and pharmaceutical drugs in America. He also paints a clear picture of life on the Lower East Side (LES) for addicts, dealers and the every day working ...more
What disappointed me slightly was that there was no firm conclusion, no further details on what happened to Mike Codella following the events in the book and a slightly irritating and utterly redundant use of alternating chapters describing the rise of Codel ...more
Michael Codella writes in a very exciting way and often with some laugh out loud humor, and really brings parts of NYC's past to life. There is some incorrect grammar but I think the editor chose to leave it in to keep a realistic conversational style ...more
As a measure of how much things have changed, I re watched "Escape from New York", which seemed chillingly real back in the 80's and totally hokey now (although being 25 years older might play a part in that).
At times the book feels like it has been cut and pasted together so familiar are some of the stories they tell but overall it gives a good overview of what went wrong and how New York ended up with such a huge problem for so long.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about police work in a big city. They guys put their lives on the line everyday. they usually don't get a thank you. I want to say thank you.