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azdh ho
I do not regret that I bought this book. It is an interesting book. I like the author's style of writing and the police stories which I found exciting. I generally like cop stories and wasn't disappointed by this. If you ever want to know about the inner workings of New York City and the NYPD, then this is a recommended read.Union Moujik and The White Ruusian are books I also enjoyed
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yehud min aram
I am a NYPD Officer too and I have to say that this book is an up to date piece of work that anybody looking to get into the NYPD should read. -Because folks, this is where it's at. The boredom and the excitement. It's all here. The fact that Conlon is a Harvard graduate is here nor there. A lot of us have degrees. -It got him the right contract. Good for him and keep up the great work!
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june castellon
One wonders how Conlon had time to keep this extremely detailed history of his time on the job in NY. A valuable nuts and bolts look at police work and another angle on 9/11.
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megan mishou
so, this book got wonderful reviews. big deal. this has to be the most atypical cop book on earth. other police books i've read like "cop" by michael middleton and "what cops know" were fascinating, exciting and full of knowledge. but this thing... it's about a trillion pages, and the author goes on and on and on and ON about his family history. most authors would talk a little about that stuff, but this guy never stops. i wonder if he should have become a writer instead of a cop, because this guy just NEVER STOPS with the words. he went to harvard, but let's be honest, does some big-time education mean anything on the job? i doubt it. i'm not against descriptive writing, but eventually you need to get to the point, before the reader falls asleep or throws this book in the trash. i don't mean to sound like i have ADD or something, but this one bored me.
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I won't bore you as long as this book bored me. Conlon spends far to much time reaching back through the generations of his family and not enough time telling us what it was like to be a cop in NYC.

It's not a bad book... unless you are looking for a book about what it's like to be a cop in NYC.

"Boot" is a far better book from the point of view of a rookie officer.
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ayman zead
I've finally made my way through Blue Blood. If this represents the first seven years of author Conlon's career with the NYPD, I suppose we owe him thanks that he didn't wait until retirement to write his book. By my math, that sucker would come in at over 1500 pages, and if the first seven years are any indication, would've been as boring as watching Conlon count to one million (the rumored payday for Conlon on this tome).
Nothing happens in this book, or more appropriately, nothing of interest. Even most of the arrests seem to occur on Conlon's days off. I hope the fellas on the squad got a share of the advance; after all, it's their stories he's telling.
Hey Eddie, I want my money back.
P.S. Yes, we KNOW you went to Harvard. Give it a rest.
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christin monaghan
A very good read, that combines a beat cop's view of the NYPD and personal biography. Highly recommended.
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I'm generally a fan of police procedurals. I have to say that last night I finally gave up on this book at page 335 (of over 500 pages). For the last 80 - 100 pages that I read, everything was just more of the same that had been said in the first 200+ pages. In excruciating detail. The same old housing project drug operations, over and over and over again. No fresh insights here that I detected.

On the plus side, as an earlier reviewer observed, this will make one heckuva doorstop.
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I do not regret that I bought this book. It is an interesting book. I like the author's style of writing and the police stories which I found exciting. I generally like cop stories and wasn't disappointed by this. If you ever want to know about the inner workings of New York City and the NYPD, then this is a recommended read.Union Moujik and The White Ruusian are books I also enjoyed
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iulia diana
Where was the editor? Way, way, way too much detail! the interesting story got lost amidst all of the unnecessary info. Given the author's credentials, he should have known better. This book reads like a minute by minute detail of every day of his career. Great as a diary; lousy as a compelling narrative.
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guinevere liddell
It's so hard not to say, "fantastic first novel" because this work reads like ths best of good fiction. Knowing it's an autobiography only deepens the appeal. I look forward to more from Mr. Conlon as both his careers develop......
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sarah daisy
I purchased this book in order to gain insight into law enforcement careers, and to find out if being a cop was for me. If you want to be a narcotics officer or a detective in New York City, then buy the book. If not, the focus of the book is very narrow - despite its incomprehensible length - and is horrifically boring. You will start skimming after about page 250.

Disappointing, but good for research into narcotics police work.
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This cop has an awesome story but he drones on endlessly about things that have no importance to his personal story of life as a cop. This book has so much potential but needs to cut about 150 pages out of itself!! Conlon is not really good with words, he is a good cop, though, and for that he deserves 5 stars, his book does not.
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gretchen parker
A terrific memoir of Conlon's life and family history (his family history is the best part of the book). However, it could have stood to lose about 300 pages or so! A handful of stories would have more than sufficed.
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samantha fabris
This book is less about cops and robbers and more about the author's family tree. Not that this is a bad thing, it just was not what I was expecting.
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lisa corwin
An outstanding insight of New York's finest as written by an author with the New York's finest. A book I will always read again and again. Great Book.
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faizan ahmad
I was expecting much better. I was excited to read this book because I really like stories about the NYPD. I gat halfway through and put it down. I have not picked it back up. Too garbled and too much detail. I could not keep track of the characters.
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This book is great! The author is my fathers best friend and all of the people that i know that have also read it said that it is agreat book. I am so glad that Eddie got to right a book. It gives a lot of detail about what a cop has to go through, and it gives the real stuff; not some stuff you see on tv or in the movies. By the way........ my father is PK!!
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natalie g
Although I love reading cop books, I could not even finish reading 20 pages. I thumbed through the book, hoping to find some gems - no success. This is a Contrived, pretentious, and a poorly written book. I am not suggesting that Mr. Conlon can't write, he does. Unfortunately, the book is extremely dull and boring. I was surprised at the tremendous hype (read the reviews by Ted Conover in the NY Times and John Miller in the LA Times) in the media over this book. Obviously big publishers can get positive reviews done for mediocre work too.
The only selling point is the author's Harvard degree, but I have read much better memoirs from cops without degrees.
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chris anderson
I read a lot of non-fiction and was intrigued by the summary of this book on the inside cover. After reading 200 pages or so, I finally tired of waiting for it to get interesting. It just never grabbed me. This book is very wordy and very boring. This is only the 2nd book I have ever failed to finish reading - it is that bad, in my opinion.
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while i have to admit that i got some small bits of entertainment value out of this book, in general i can't think of any term other than 'lousy' to describe it.

long passages sound like a bad awards-ceremony speech, over and over listing the names of people he worked with that have no role in this story.

he basically 'brushes off' all of the human-rights violations by the nypd, always making excuses for cops that tortured or killed innocent victims.

of course the excuses stop at just about all of his former superiors, who were of course all against 'poor him' and therefore clueless, incompetent idiots...

the only reason i am giving it 2 stars and not 1 is because of some funny stories that really did make me laugh. (crazy larry's "you got the aids, bitch" tops that list.)

just my $.02
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nikky b
I'd heard about this book when the author got a big advance. It is exactly what you'd expect. Some lurid police details, but the thing doesn't MOVE. I ended up skimming parts after awhile. The central conceit is that this guy can write, yet is still a cop. While he has some nice descriptive passages, it is too clearly a "cop diary" dressed up as work of genuine nonfiction. Comes off as a gimmick. I can't recommend it.
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The laughable self-absorbed deluded NYC cop persona aside this is a rather long, dull read. Not an intellectual that's for sure...and a tedious bore of a narrator. Because TV makes the NYPD look so exciting and romantic wannabe 'blue bloods' like Conlon think there's a lifetime of Dostoevsky-esque material in their rather mundane jobs of knocking and entering and arresting and filling out miles of paper then having a drink with the buddies. It's not terribly exciting no matter how many times he inssits that it is. Read "Crime and Punishment" instead for more stimulation, joy and insight; after a while I started praying that someone would just assault me with a plunger already.
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cindy turner
I could not get past the 2nd chapter. I didn't know that I would get his whole family history and that it was so boring.
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