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A Cop's Tale: NYPD the Violent Years: A Detective's Firsthand Account of Murder and Mayhem
Focusing on New York City's most violent and corrupt years (the 1960s through to the early 1980s), former NYPD cop Jim O'Neil delivers a rare look at New York City's most turbulent period of crime.
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Barricade Books
(first published January 1st 2009)
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I bought this book to aid me in my research into crime and policing methods in New York in the 1970s, when the city was in financial and social crisis. The book actually covers the period of Jim O’Neil’s service in the New York Police department between 1963 and 1984. O’Neil was a highly regarded detective working in some of the city’s most crime ridden locations. It is an honest account of O’Neil’s experience on the front line working in some of the toughest precincts in the city. The main ...more
Mar 24, 2015 L. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: True Crime lovers
Recommended to L. by: No one
Former NYPD cop Jim O''Neil has had quite a career in law enforcement. He writes of the dark years of policing - the 1960's to the 1980's. This type of police work would not be tolerated today, but the author has been honest and open about a young cop's rise through the ranks, the people he served with, and the tactics used. It was a different time and police ruled. Jim starts out his career on foot patrol as a rookie. During his time of policing the area he gains trust and many informants. He ...more