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I quite liked this. Though not a police officer, I've had enough contact with them, and worked enough crazy scenes as an EMT, that I think I can make at least the beginnings of a comparison of Americans and South African police forces. I found the similarities an differences to be the most interesting part of the book for me. (Which is not to say that the rest of it wasn't interesting, because it was. Brown is quite a good storyteller.) People are the same the world over, as are police - good, ...more
This was a very quick read. The author was a police reservist for ten years, and this book is a brisk memoir of some of the things he saw and did in those years. He doesn't waste much time in woolgathering, which is good, but on the other hand the book isn't very informative. The writing style is occasionally very evocative of places and people I've met myself, and that earns the book an extra star.
Andrew Brown is a journalist and writer; editor of the Belief section of the Guardian's Comment is Free as well as a weekly web column and other work. He is author of "Fishing in Utopia", The Darwin Wars: The Scientific Battle for the Soul of Man, and In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite. He has also been Religious Affairs correspondent for the ...moreMore about Andrew Brown...