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Blue Blood

Riverhead Books / Penguin Group
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Memoirs
Price: Paperback $15
Average Rating:
(32 Votes)

From the fourth-generation NYPD officer and author of The New Yorker's "Cop Diary" columns comes an epic heart-and-soul dissection of what it means to protect, to serve, and to defend among the ranks of New York's finest.

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    bighead, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 07:17:19 UTC.
    1st review

    I just finished this book and it was a page turner. For anyone who has been in the life, many of the author's experiences will ring true. For those just starting out it will be an interesting tale of the author's experiences with the NYPD, as well as a history lesson about the NYPD's past. The book takes you from Conlon's upbringing in suburban NYC with his FBI Agent father, to his experiences as an rookie patrolman then into Narcotics, the 44 Robbery Squad, and the events to 9.11 (it is not a 9/11 heavy book).

    As my score reflects I highly recommend this work to anyone.

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    firepolice520, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 17:23:04 UTC.

    This is an absolutly amazing book. I read it last year. its the best out there. NY cops have it hard just read this guys life.

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    CSL, Fri, 05 Oct 2007 00:05:37 UTC.

    Good book and Conlon is one of us too.

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    kowa, Sun, 07 Oct 2007 17:28:36 UTC.

    Excellent reading. Reads pretty fast, keeps you interested. A good book.

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    Archangel, Tue, 09 Oct 2007 14:28:02 UTC.

    Great book. Some awesome history of the NYPD also......

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    Anonymous, Thu, 11 Oct 2007 22:38:59 UTC.

    Never got to finish it because i had books for school to read but it was an awesome book from what i did get to read.

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    pshelton9967, Fri, 19 Oct 2007 06:02:01 UTC.

    Good book, has too much flashbacking in the begining. But overall a good book.

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    Retleo, Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:43:56 UTC.

    A good writer with a flair for storytelling. This is the tale of a Law Enforcement family, something that we can all relate to, and well worth a look. Conlan wrote it like he lived it and he draws you into his (our) world and asks you enjoy the ride............recommended

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    Gardner502, Mon, 14 Jan 2008 01:50:51 UTC.

    Very good book .

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    LATINDIVA2NV, Tue, 15 Jan 2008 04:46:15 UTC.


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    Ynkefan1, Sat, 02 Feb 2008 07:01:51 UTC.

    enjoyble reading. def one i would recommend

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    Maguai, Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:54:32 UTC.

    It's a good read... long book though. I enjoyed it.

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    cuffs316, Mon, 03 Mar 2008 14:33:04 UTC.

    This book should be a read for all officers. It was a book that I could not put down!!!

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    bullgw211, Thu, 20 Mar 2008 12:27:33 UTC.

    I could not put this book down.

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    trmercer, Thu, 20 Mar 2008 12:41:27 UTC.

    One of my favorite books! I actually started re-reading it after being assigned to a special missions unit. This book is almost like a parallel to my career. It's so close it's sort of scary.

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    Apache, Thu, 20 Mar 2008 21:26:46 UTC.

    As a New Yorker..and family to many..I know from a kid I could count on Them! Never one time in my history to tell..did I ever meet a cop who yelled..Patience and expertise was very diverse..So I have to take this as a book of its worth! As a teen there was great cover in being seen..We found a ground of "Just" cause wearing the uniform meant more than Law! It's about who we are....Apache

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    Palmes, Fri, 21 Mar 2008 02:06:14 UTC.

    I would like to read this and after reading the reviews...I think that this book will be great!

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    Anonymous, Fri, 21 Mar 2008 05:32:39 UTC.

    Excellant book. I read it once before becoming a cop, again while I was a rookie cop, and just started it a third time after ahaving a few years behind me. I give it to every new officer I know and tell them to read it.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 11 Apr 2008 20:27:57 UTC.


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    Anonymous, Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:50:04 UTC.

    I have heard this was a good book, now after reading the reviews I am going to get it

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    hcma1, Thu, 22 May 2008 15:31:59 UTC.

    Interesting stories almost like you are there. I have passed this book on to other officers.

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    Wolvarine, Sun, 22 Jun 2008 05:15:23 UTC.


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    Phinfan39, Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:53:11 UTC.

    Great read

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    oden347, Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:24:51 UTC.

    Ed Conlon is a good cop who explains the job an actual NYPD officer does, almost step by step. It is a smooth, easy read that offers an education on the NYPD.

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    Sidhe, Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:07:02 UTC.

    Excellent read!

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    revans2, Sat, 06 Dec 2008 21:47:29 UTC.

    Excellent book, a good edition to your library

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    alorenzen16, Sun, 28 Dec 2008 20:45:47 UTC.

    Edward Conlon is a great author. Check this book out!!

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    Anonymous, Wed, 07 Jan 2009 05:09:44 UTC.

    Great book. Most memorable moment from the book was the Cat chase story. I had a similar situation on the job where I was chasing some crazy cat with an animal control officer. It was some scary stuff, and that cat was vicious. Also, its helps that I grew up near the 44th precinct in NY, and was very familiar with PSA-7 as I lived there most of my life.

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    dino98, Fri, 09 Jan 2009 19:01:34 UTC.

    Great book. A bit hard to follow during frequent 'flashbacks', but absolutely brilliant. Conlon's style and detail had me feeling his frustrations with the political NYPD BS he dealt with. His insight into the work and sacrifice involved with CI's was fascinating. This is one you'll want in your personal library for reading again.

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    sgt457, Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:48:23 UTC.

    Very well written, and a really good view of the Housing Police Bureau. I was especially impressed by Conlon's description of NYPD searches of the Twin Towers rubble. It must have been an extremely depressing job.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 20 Oct 2010 02:32:36 UTC.

    Awesome book

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    sirengirl55, Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:36:57 UTC.

    good book.

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