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Wall of Brass

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Two cops come upon a man lying facedown on a New York street corner. It is before dawn and snowing. The body is wearing a jogging suit, sneakers, a stocking cap. Rushed to the scene in a squad car, Chief of Detectives Bert P. Farber joins much of the headquarters brass standing over the body. The murdered man is Harry Chapman, the brilliant new police commissioner, an ex-c ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 21st 1996 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1994)
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Sam Reaves
Jul 24, 2014 Sam Reaves rated it it was ok
A good cop novel has certain indispensable elements, including the hunt for a culprit, a strong evocation of setting, usually urban, and a certain amount of departmental intrigue to complicate the detective's life. This book has them all, and the last one in spades. The police commissioner of New York City is found shot to death on the upper West Side, a heater case if there ever was one. The investigation is complicated by the rivalry of the leading contenders for the victim's job, all of whom ...more
William Bentrim
Feb 15, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Wall of brass by Robert Daley
This book was a little different than the regular cop novel. This is more about political intrigue and unchecked ambitions. Murder and mayhem ensue.
Bert Farber appears to be a cops’ cop. Starting in the trenches he ends up as Chief of Detectives responsible for 3000 cops. He has faith in the system and loves being a cop but is not a very good politician. Bert is a deeply reserved man. Face with the death of an old acquaintance he has difficulty sharing the facts of
Diane Wachter
Wall of Brass, Robert Daley, RDC-M #2-95, 1/13. A NYPD Commissioner is gunned down on a morning jog. Chief of Detectives has 10 days to find the murderer. If he succeeds, he could be the new Commissioner. Okay.
May 08, 2016 Ed rated it liked it
NYPD Chief of Detectives, Bert Farber, works to solve the murder of the Police Commissioner while politically manuevering to succeed him.
Jennifer Morefield
Sep 04, 2015 Jennifer Morefield rated it really liked it
This was a good police thriller. Excellent plot with a great and interesting leading character. A worthy read.
Steven Allen
Apr 08, 2015 Steven Allen rated it liked it
Not a bad story, a little dry in parts and a little predictable, but not so much as to kill the book. I did like the way the book ended and how the main conflict was settled.

I really enjoy a good detective story. I made a mistake many years ago of packing one of my favorite police story novels in a box for deployment which was lost. I have been looking for another copy of that book for several years now. This is not the book I am searching for - move along.
Nike Chillemi
NYPD Chief of Detectives Bert Farber is assigned to the murder of his former partner, Harry Chapman, now the Chief of Police. The murder of Chief is followed by insider political chaos. Farber is also one of the top three contenders to fill the deceased Chief's spot. The pressure is on because by law the mayor has only ten days to fill the Chief's job.
Joshua Emil
Dec 13, 2012 Joshua Emil rated it really liked it
A good whodunit as many would say. Robert Daley showed us how an investigation was handled even if it means breaking the rules and hurting someone.
Blaine Morrow
Nov 14, 2011 Blaine Morrow rated it liked it
Good tough cop story with New York politics and intrigue mixed in.
Jul 05, 2016 Aurélie rated it really liked it
De l'action, de l'action, et un méchant très très méchant !
May 17, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
Good cop novel, strong plot and suspense.
Oct 10, 2010 bette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Kept me guessing until the end.
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Robert Daley is the author of seventeen novels and eleven non-fiction books. Born and brought up in New York, he graduated from Fordham University, did his military service in the Air Force and began writing stories, articles and books immediately afterward. He was a New York Times foreign correspondents for six years based in France but covering stories from Russia to Ireland to Tunisia, fifteen ...more
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