Emily Burkman's Reviews > Boot: An L.A.P.D. Officer's Rookie Year

Boot by William Dunn
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Jul 11, 07

Read in July, 2007

I read this on a whim, it being the latest of my dad's Goodwill finds. I learned a fair amount of what goes into being an LAPD cop in the hardest part of the city. The prose is a bit stilted (referring to even his co-workers as "an Hispanic male" or a "black female" as way of description), but I'll forgive the author his cop-talk because, well, he's a cop! If anything even that idiosyncrasy teaches you something about the mindset and lifestyle of the police officer. The narrative is very matter-of-fact and deals very specifically with events pertaining to Dunn's first year in the South Side department. Very little is mentioned about his personal life. Needless to say, the narrative takes the form of short anecdotes or extended short stories.
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