This is another that should have been reviewed as soon as I finished, especially considering all the notes I took and all I wanted to say. Some of it,This is another that should have been reviewed as soon as I finished, especially considering all the notes I took and all I wanted to say. Some of it, most maybe, will be forgotten now. Japan has never interested me much, certainly not like it has for Adelstein, so I'm not even sure what exactly drew me to this book. It must have been the police/mafia connection because those subjects do interest me. To a lesser degree someone doing something for the first time in a foreign place also interests me. Even so, I was fully prepared to lay this down if I didn't like the writing or if I was bored in the least. But I wasn't. Adelstein's story is remarkably interesting. The author has a clever sense of humor that sees it way through to the reader which I enjoyed very much. He also seems like a normal guy. Not a braggart, not full of himself, just a normal guy who did something no one else had done. There were a lot of little things that were just so captivating to me. The whole ritual of going to "visit" someone with the pretense of stopping by to chat, even with both parties knowing there was an ulterior motive and more interesting, both parties being okay with that, is amazing to me. I'm upset that I didn't find the time to review this while it was still fresh in my mind. (It doesn't stay that way long so this is a small window.) All I can say is it's extremely interesting, well written and even if it's not a favorite subject of yours, you might want to give it a try for the sheer novelty of it. I don't think many people could have turned the experience into this book like Adelstein did. I'm sure he feels a lot of guilt, especially because of his friend and what supposedly happened to her, but I hope he knows that it wasn't his fault. We all make our own choices and she made hers with a clear mind. As did the person or people who may have did her harm. He didn't do that. They did. Her blood, if it was shed, is on their hands, not the authors. That's my opinion. I hope he finds peace....more
I really wanted to rate this four or five stars. Three at the very least. I just can't. Conlon seems like an awesome guy and an awesome cop. He can wrI really wanted to rate this four or five stars. Three at the very least. I just can't. Conlon seems like an awesome guy and an awesome cop. He can write well. But there are parts - looong parts - included here that just didn't interest me. I started this because I wanted to read about Conlon's police experiences and maybe a little about his life in general. I got that but those were such small parts. Granted, they were many, but just so, so small. In between these parts that I liked reading I had to wade through the history of the NYPD (not interesting to me in the least beyond a brief outline) and I had to wade through the lives and experiences of others who were in Conlon's family and other ex-police/security guards/in-some-way-shape-or-form-civic-duty-job types. Again, not interesting to me. At all. Conlon likes to write and this is obvious when reading. The problem is he likes to write so much that he goes on and on and on and inserts things that just don't interest the average reader picking this up. If a reader was a history of the NYPD he or she won't pick up a cop memoir. If someone wants a cop memoir they won't pick up a text on the history of the NYPD. Both are here yet it's a memoir. I liked reading about his teammates, the police he came into contact with, but I didn't like reading about some guy from 1920 who may or may not have been corrupt. :( I love police related non-fiction but this just wasn't for me. If someone wants the "whole" bit - part memoir/part textbook/part whatever else - I'd say this is it. ...more
This is yet another that should have been reviewed as soon as I finished it. It's been two months, give or take, and I forget so much of it. I do rememThis is yet another that should have been reviewed as soon as I finished it. It's been two months, give or take, and I forget so much of it. I do remember how engaged I was and how fascinating I found Baker's story to be. I don't just take people as honest without really thinking about it and I definitely did feel Baker was as honest as possible. It seemed to me that he could have skirted a few things to paint himself in a better light and from what I read, he didn't do that. I can definitely say this - if this country followed what Baker and the Compton PD had back then - this country would be in far better shape. You can say whatever you want about judge, jury and executioner but in the end, the numbers speak for themselves. And these numbers speak volumes. Some ex-members of gangs that are somewhat well known to certain readers are even mentioned because Baker had run-ins with them.Some of them have even written books themselves. The gang violence and racism is shocking. No, not shocking. It's not shocking. It's everyday in every corner of the world, just not with gangs, so it's not shocking. Disgusting? Horrifying? I can't get the right word. How quickly people want to turn race into an issue to avoid the real issue at hand. Everything has to be racism these days. I truly worry for my daughter. How her life will be in later years, when I'm gone. This country has been heading toward civil war for a long, long time and I don't think we've ever been since close since, well, the last Civil War. Baker included photos. (He's very proud of his women, by the way. He throws a few of those in and one can easily see why.) But the gang photos - they disgust me. These people standing there like they have every right to be the way they are. If I made and enforced the laws things would be so different. For anyone who thinks they have the right to take an innocent life. It actually hurts me to say this but I can't comment on all I wanted to comment on. I waited too long and have forgotten. Baker doesn't apologize for himself. He not only tells how it was on the street but he tells how it was with the city officials. Many of whom were corrupt and only concerned with two things - money and race, and in exactly that order. These "officials" did what they did and for what? What is Compton today? Safe? A place where you'd want to raise your baby? I've never been but I'm going to guess no. I'm willing to bet it's a far, far more dangerous place today than when Baker and his fellow officers roamed the streets. But safe doesn't matter. Money does. Race does. And that's it. And this is the world I've brought my daughter into....more
Misleading and horrible. Instead of "True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue" it should be titled "The Making of NYPD Blue with a Few Stories ThrMisleading and horrible. Instead of "True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue" it should be titled "The Making of NYPD Blue with a Few Stories Thrown In". That's what this is. I don't care who decides how many curse words can go in the show and where. I don't care who and how they decided who gets what role. I wanted REAL STORIES BEHIND NYPD BLUE and that is NOT what I got. I "read" until about pg. 109 and quit. During those over one hundred pages I read exactly two stories on what a show was based on and each consisted of a few paragraphs at best. Lastly, the writing is only just better than "sucks". I'd have been pissed to no end had I paid even a quarter for this crap.
I love Randy Sutton. I hope he continues writing these stories. Another review said this and it's my thoughts exactly - he makes you want to be thereI love Randy Sutton. I hope he continues writing these stories. Another review said this and it's my thoughts exactly - he makes you want to be there and have his back in certain situations. In others he makes you thank God you don't have to see what he sees day to day. I love how reflective he is. The stories do cover a fairly broad range and you'll go from smiling to crying in minutes if you read straight through. That brings me to another great thing about his books - you can read it right through in one or two sittings OR you can pick it up and put it down as you please and never feel lost. That's a great thing with a book IMO. Sutton is a master at what he does and if I ever do get out of DE. and move to NV. I'll have to look him up just to shake his hand. ...more
I felt really satisfied after closing this book. I felt a lot of things but that was the most overwhelming feeling. It's not often a book makes me feeI felt really satisfied after closing this book. I felt a lot of things but that was the most overwhelming feeling. It's not often a book makes me feel like that. I assumed, when I got this book, that it'd be an okay read and maybe would open my eyes to a few things. Well, it did that and more. Like most people, when I think of the police I groan. I think speeding tickets and harassment over stupid stuff. I've never needed them to come to my aid for anything real serious so I never stopped to really think about them. I see why some people can't understand that the "heroes" of our world are sports stars and movie stars and musicians. That speaks volumes about our world, sadly. :( I read a few reviews, on this site and others, that said some of these stories were written like a police report. I'm not sure how many of those who wrote that have actually read a police report but that's neither here nor there. Even if it were true, I don't see what's bad about that. Uh, they are police officers, not authors, and everyone reading the book knew this, or should have known this going in. Why complain about it? What were they expecting? Great writing? Anyway, I didn't think that was the case at all. From my speculation on how a police report would/could read, I came in contact with ONE story that STARTED out with this sort of writing and that's it. Moving on.... I can't wait to read Sutton's next book and I think this is an awesome idea for a book - there should be more - tons more. It really made me think about the things these officers see and go through. And it's things that the average person, myself very much included could not deal with. I don't even have words to tell about some of the stories and it would do no good if I did - you have to read them yourself. Lastly, I'd like to point out that these police officers, fire fighters, EMT's, etc. all do their jobs, saving lives and getting monsters off the street while we idolize a basketball star. Or Brad Pitt. That's something to chew on for a few minutes. ...more