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A Cop's Life

St. Martin's Paperbacks
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Memoirs
Price: 6.99
Average Rating:
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Starred Review. Veteran Las Vegas police sergeant Sutton, who edited the acclaimed True Blue, brilliantly evokes the tormented inner life of the average cop with 20 short but powerful autobiographical sketches. With a novelist's skill, Sutton makes fresh situations that could, in lesser hands, come across as hoary clichés. The broken lives Sutton encounters—the suicides, gangbangers, the mentally ill, the burnt-out officers tempted to eat their guns and the innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time—come vividly to life. The memorable figures include a boy who attempts to protect the grandmother who cares for him from violent punks, and a young girl whose trust in the cynical Sutton helps him gain perspective on his job. The author doesn't minimize the temptation to respond with force that is often the officer's instinctive response to mindless cruelty, and unflinchingly portrays the stresses that plague him when his best efforts to protect or save lives fell short— stresses that led him to consider ending his life. Some may find the closing section, a fictional Christmas parable, slightly sappy, but that doesn't diminish Sutton's achievement in enabling the reader to pound the pavement in his shoes

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    Anonymous, Sat, 29 Dec 2007 06:37:06 UTC.
    1st review

    I just finished this book and could not give it a full 5 stars. I found it a very easy read and not that easy to put down. The crimes he describes hit home to me as many of us in law enforcement have been in similiar if not identical situations. The reason I could not give it a full 5 stars was that he left me wanting to know more about him. Also the final story that I believe to be fictional felt out of place to me. At any rate I would recommend this a bed side read and wish Sgt Sutton success in his future writings.

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    VELA32, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 08:12:57 UTC.

    I read this book in about three days (which for me is a great feat). It really explains the tragedies as well as the triumphs we as Police Officers deal with on a daily basis. How when your day is going great it can all change in a matter of seconds.

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    Deli734, Tue, 30 Jun 2009 03:03:54 UTC.

    Its addicting and couldn't put it down

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    sirengirl55, Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:38:47 UTC.

    good book tooo

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