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Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
After twenty-two years as a New York cop, Jimmy the Wags thought he's seen it all, but it wasn't until he retired and set up as a private eye that his real education began. Now, in his own inimitable voice, he tells a true-life story with all the action, adventure, and atmosphere of Wiseguy or Serpico -- a colorful cautionary tale that reads like fiction.His first private ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 21st 1999 by William Morrow
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Melissa Whitt
An great self-portrait of a private eye, whose dry, sarcastic humor will have you turning the pages with ease.
James Wagner, nicknamed "Jimmy the Wags" is a retired New York City street cop who, with the help of writer Patrick Picciarelli, also a retired cop, describes his police experiences in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It's an authentic voice that rings with the cadence of the city and the job he worked day after day, dealing with the dregs of society and everyday crime, as well as some of the major social issues of the time.

We first meet Jimmy as a nine-year old boy, lis
A memoir of “Wags” Wagner’s beginning as a PI after retiring with the rank of sergeant from the NYPD, his high times and outrageous exploits, to his involvement in strip clubs, the mob scene, and his eventual felony indictment.

It’s hard to say what’s true and what’s fanciful in this book, but it’s a fast, furious and sometimes funny read. Sure, the prose is simple and workmanlike, and it’s got its clichés, and it lacks structure at times, and his crude cop-habit of wisecracking about everyone ou
I don't like this guy or his book. I hope he does't come to get me.
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