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Good Cop, Bad Cop by Barbara D'Amato
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Mar 28, 09

bookshelves: chicago, police-and-thieves, fiction
Read in November, 2008

A story of two brothers, Nick is the superintendant of the Chicago P.D., while Aldo is a bad cop who is envious of his brother's success. After a lifetime of sabotaging his own career, Aldo decides to do the same to his brother's.

The book centers on a 1969 raid on a Black Panther house, in which police murdered Fred Hampton and others, and the subsequent cover-up by the department. D'Amato does an excellent job of entwining events of the late 1960s and the present, showing how the past always retains the power to affect our lives.

Nick, despite his success, is haunted by memories of his abusive father. Aldo is so twisted by his demons that he is willing to kill a fellow cop in pursuit of his scheme to destroy his brother.

D'Amato portrays the moral compromises people are often forced to engage in. She captures the sometimes stifling society of the extended family and the old neighborhood, enveloped by a sense of guilt and regret.

Overall, this is a tightly written book that works both as a psychological study of character and a straightforward police thriller.
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