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One Police Plaza

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A nude corpse in a bathtub. Name: Sara Eisinger. Occupation: travel agent.

For Detective Lt. Dan Malone of New York's Fifth Precinct, it's all in a day's work. Until a little gold key in Sara's possession leads him to an after-hours sex club. Until two phone numbers in her address book connect to the CIA. Until he's neck deep in a mystery involving the Israel Mossad,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1984)
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I thought I had read more of Mr. Caunitz's books I probably have but it was way before I started keeping track of them.

I really enjoyed going back in time and reading how the police really worked the cases back in the day. I can't even imagine how they managed to do it! Especially in a large place like New York City.

This was a very well written police procedural about a Lt. who is very dedicated to the Job. He has a colorful group of detectives who work for him. They are dedicated but they also
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I first read this book years ago, probably shortly after it was published in 1984. It has always been a book I remember reading because the title and author stuck with me for some reason, though if you'd asked me the plot, I couldn't have told you anything about it. Well, now I've re-read it and I have to say my feelings about it have run the gamut from "Why did I bother to remember this?" to "Wow! Now I know why it's stuck with me!"
The great part: It's alive with police jargon that makes dialog
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police Dept. especially Detective Malone an excellent Detective, storyline was very creative!, but not the sex part, so will not be reading any more books of this writer!
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This 1984 novel is the first novel of the NYPD written by NYPD Lieutenant Caunitz. It was later made into a made-for-TV movie.

NYPD novel - A nude corpse in a bathtub. For Detective Lt. Dan Malone of New York's Fifth Precinct, it's all in a day's work. Until a key leads him to an after-hours sex club. Until phone numbers connect to the CIA. Until a mystery involving the Mossad, Muslims, the Army, and the NYPD. Heat comes down on Malone to get off the case. But it's too late-Malone is obsessed.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a good one; and the devil is in the detail. This guy was an NYPD cop/detective for a career and he seems to have gotten all the little things right.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Suspense built all the way to the end.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic good novel

Nothing like classic novels. Interesting characters and believable plot. NYC and it's police are a classic story written and filmed many times. It's own culture, intrigue, and history are the stuff of great works, some fiction, some reality, some.....believe it, or not.
Peter True
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Fast paced page turner. Twisting plot keeps you guessing and looking for more. Ending seems just a little too neat but acceptable. Interesting writing style. I will look for others by this author.
Marlene Bleau
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Would have been better without all the sexist and degrading comments toward/about women.
Melissa Daston
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Written well before 9/11 but prescient in what would come. All with a police background with authenticity. Great summer read
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was written about 1985 - and talks of terrorist plots, in New York. However, the terrorist is not only outside, he is within the New York Police Department. I knew I was going back in time, when I read "typewriters" on the desks!

The Lt. finds there is a unit within a unit, bad cops, killing good cops, cover ups, middle east intrigue. The mob and loyalty to friends, with the Catholic church and more cover ups! Kinda covers a lot of ground! Dirty politics and revenge.

Interesting read,
Steven Allen
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-to-go, not-kept
This was a good, if dated, look at the NYPD in the late '70s. The lack of any electronics, use of pay phones, and almost no prophylactic use is something you just do not read too much these days. This was before AIDS so most of the characters are more concerned with preventing pregnancy than catching an STD. Abortion is still new, and something that this society has not adjusted to.

Interesting mix of the Mossad, Libyan terrorists, and the Mob mixed in with dirty politicians. I like the fact
Joshua Emil
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
One Police Plaza or One PP, a diminutive used by New York's Finest, is a symbol of power, authority and leadership. In the novel, it was where cover-ups are staged and where corruption is committed. Even if that's the title, One Police Plaza as a building was rarely mentioned and was less of a setting. The last five chapters gave life and the push for me to finish reading it. The title should at least been focused on the case not the building where things revolved on the case because like I said ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The plot in this book is a standard terrorist plot. The plot may even be a little far fetched. I would not rate this novel on the plot alone. It is the characters and the authenticity of the inner workings of a police department that make this such an entertaining read. A sergeant during rollcall says: "The Lieutenant expects sixty minutes to the hour on this. No 10-85 with the girlfriends". Only a Lieutenant like the author himself would even know things like that are said during briefings. I ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
The story plot was quite okay actually, but all the racism, sexism and stuff was just ugh while reading it. I mean, I guess I have to take it in consider that the book is written in the early 1980's and that the NYC police wasn't the best people during that time but still.

I am guessing the author created the characters from his own experience of being a police officer, but sometimes I feel he has exaggerated all of it.

However, it was sometimes enjoyable to read but mostly it was just awful. I
Phillip Wilson
This is a tough one. One Police Plaza is a gritty, realistic police procedural written in a no-nonsense style. My issue is perhaps unfair since the book was written some time ago. As such, it appears dated. The attitudes and behaviors of the characters belong to another time. The portrayal of women is particularly awful. Women are window dressing -- either hookers, girlfriends or weakly written wives. It's a pity, because the novel really does resonate with authenticity.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Read it in 1986, when it impressed me as a R-rated version of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels. Re-reading it this week and not as impressed, but Caunitz could move the story along and the details about police work back in the day are interesting. Somehow, this was watered-down into a Robert Conrad tv movie for CBS, which I'd love to see.
Carole Kuentz
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really Great

Well written and the suspense was great. It sure gave you an inside look at what being in the police force is really like. Their life's are on the line every day and there isn't much glamour in the job. The politics are everywhere and I'm sure it hampers their job daily. Great read and I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.
Rhonda Lomazow
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well written thriller that will have you racing through the pages.A woman's body is found dead in a bath tub a little gold key is discovered a gold key that leads to a sex club.A case that takes a spiderweb of turns from the cia to Israeli intelligence&on to the Muslim world.This is a well written edge of your seat book.

Sheldon Lehman
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's like McBain's 87th Precinct, only edgier, combined with a lot of vulgarity. If you haven't read it yet, be thankful I have to spare you. The plot is okay, but nothing special. I'll probably read the other 6 cause that's what I do, but unless there is a big improvement I won't leave any comments beyond the rating.
Michael Adamchuk
Det. Lt Dan Malone of the NYPD is on a case that leads him to a sex-club, the CIA, Mossad and the NYPD itself. His bosses are trying to discourage him from pursuing his investigation. He encounters obstacles to his investigation, conspiracies, and threats. Could it be the brass is trying to hide something?
Morgan Summerfield
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is still on my bookshelf, though I read it some time ago. Books don't stay on my shelves, if I don't plan to go back and read them again. This one is a keeper. Plenty of police procedure to glean from.
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I suppose the author, being an actual policeman, has the creds to write this story, but sheesh! What a bunch of sexual predators! I'm hoping things have changed. However, there are a few good guys. And don't the politicians and bureaucrats know how to spin!!!
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have no idea how I ended up with this book. Entertaining but, definitely written in the 80's.
Dennis Vadnais
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The last 60 pages I couldn't put the book down. Had to finish reading it.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This is one that just was ok. It didn't hold me captive. I probably wont read the rest of the series.
Jane Alexander
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the fast-paced, high anxiety story line - just not all the curse words and in-depth gory details.....but I guess they were necessary to fill out the reader's perception of the killer.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Great read. Could not put it down. I really like the New York City neighborhood descriptions. Especially good if you like cop books
Marion Mockridge
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook narrated by Richard Ferrone: an excellent police mystery with a cataclysmic conclusion.
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William J. Caunitz was a New York City Police Department officer who used his own experiences to write best-selling thrillers.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, and working for an insurance company, he joined the NYPD in his twenties. He first worked as a patrolman, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a Lieutenant, followed by an assignment as a detective squad

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