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Hey all! I just finished Jack Ballentine's "Murder for Hire" (true story of his undercover exploits with the Phoenix, PD, and a great read!). Does anyone know of any other books in this genre that are worth the read? Thanks!


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I have not read any Ballentine.  I'm reading cop fiction - Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh who is a fast, juicy read.  He always makes me laugh.  I know the town.

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Thanks for the letting me know of that book! I'll see if it's at the library. :) I was really getting into this Ballentine book because he was a undercover for Phoenix PD, he posed as a hitman and frequently was able to charge people with conspiracy to commit murder. It was all the more interesting because I live in Phoenix and recognize the different towns and places in the book. Anyway, if any other good books pop up in your memory let me know of them!! Thanks!


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 There's a book called "the last undercover" by a retired FBI agent named Hammer that was a good read.  He had very long UC career, his last working to take down some NAMBLA members.  It is told in unusual narrative style.  Others I've loaned my copy to have said they liked it

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Great! Thanks Metro! It sounds like a good book, and I'll definately check it out.


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CITY POLICE is an excellent read. Written by Jonathan Rubinstein in the mid 70'. It is a book of assignments and calls for service of the Philly Police Department. Rubinstein attended the police academy and rode with the cops for a better insight of cop work. Part of the agreement by the brass is he could not identify officers nor give actual addresses of calls for service and activity. I highly recommend this book.

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Thanks for the recommendation uncledennis1! I'll see if I can find that book!


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I read some seventy to ninety books per year.Picked up the nasty habit in college.Much more enlightning than watching the "Idiot Box" 24/7.Have read all of Wambaugh's works.Other of my favorite police authors are Lisa Scottoline,Nancy Taylor Rosenburg,James Patterson,Robert K. Tanenbaum,etc.Not all are necessarily police per se but action which involves police work and the law.

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That's quite a few books under your belt then!! I used to read like crazy, but I stopped really reading anything other than my text books in college but now I am picking it back up. Thanks for recommending those authors! I am writing  down all of these suggestions so I can see if they are at the library. I hope so because there are alot of good suggestions here! I'm thinking that books having to do with crime and police work tend to be a little closer to the truth than television dramas... not that I don't like a good cop show if I can find one!! Again, thanks! Stay safe and God bless!


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I LOVE to read too, ssu459!  You are waay more up on Wambaugh's work than I am!


I recommend Wambaugh to civilians not just because he's a juicy read.  Wambaugh dispels myths. In an off-the cuff way, he weaves-in the challenges facing law enforcement in our bias-ridden society.  He lets the reader extrapolate from there.   Wambaugh humanizes cops. To that end, Wambaugh is doing us a fine service.


Kind of like when police officers here extend the hand of friendship to civilians.


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I read some seventy to ninety books per year.Picked up the nasty habit in college.Much more enlightning than watching the "Idiot Box" 24/7.Have read all of Wambaugh's works.Other of my favorite police authors are Lisa Scottoline,Nancy Taylor Rosenburg,James Patterson,Robert K. Tanenbaum,etc.Not all are necessarily police per se but action which involves police work and the law.


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An older (published in 1978) but a good one IMO is "Prince of the City" by Robert Daley.  It is based on corruption in the NYPD.

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Thanks Cedardale! Everyone loves a good story of corruption don't they? Especially when the corrupted are found out... Thanks again!


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and if ya dont feel like turning pages all night and just wanna be entertained, ya can watch PRINCE OF THE CITY starring treat williams for free on youtube.  the whole 2 hr 40 minute for free any time.  And if ya just wanna read some, i do about 50 books a year, tom clancy is always a page turner and there is a writer named W.E.B. Griffin who has writteen a pack load of novels one set is on the marines starting during ww2 , the series is called THE CORPS, the second is on the army, also starts during ww2 till present time called BROTHERHOOD OF WAR,  next is on THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPT  called BADGE OF HONOR, also 2 other series HONOR BOUND and PRESIDENTIAL AGENT, total about 45-50 books, all nice and fat, most of the series has characters who, like in THE CORP guy starts as a marine corporal in China in the late 30's, ends up working for wild bill donovan in oss and later on finishes his career as a full bird colonel after Korea. I am sure all will enjoy this series of novels

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PRINCE OF THE CITY sounds like a good movie to watch on Youtube---something I frequent a lot---mostly for music-----but I'll have to start checking out the movies also. 


Speaking of BOOKS---the first cop book I remember reading was THE ONION FIELD by Joseph Wambaugh (pretty sure he was the author)---it was recommended to us rookies in the academy, and I'll never forget the shock I felt at the depth of evil in the world (I had no idea what I would be up against in Law Enforcement)  but, it is a book every young cop or aspiring cop should read.  Actually think it may've been one of Wambaugh's first books. 


Another book I liked was DANNY BRASCO---autobiography, I believe of undercover cop in NYC. 


It's actually been a while since I've read much in this vein, and if I've gotten the authors wrong, please correct me. 


A current book I'd like to recommend is:  A TIME TO BETRAY by Reza Kahlili---It's the true story of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.   It's a great spy thriller, one of my favorite genres. 


This is an interesting discussion as books have always been a big part of my life.  Thanks for posting.

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I read one novel by the very prolific W.E.B. Griffin some years ago - Semper Fi, I think. Griffin definitely puts you there.  Working for Wild Bill Donovan in the OSS hahaha now THAT must be a fun read!  BTW, Just wiki'ed W.E.B. Griffin to learn he and Richard Hooker wrote a lot of M.A.S.H. scripts together!


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and if ya dont feel like turning pages all night and just wanna be entertained, ya can watch PRINCE OF THE CITY starring treat williams for free on youtube.  the whole 2 hr 40 minute for free any time.  And if ya just wanna read some, i do about 50 books a year, tom clancy is always a page turner and there is a writer named W.E.B. Griffin who has writteen a pack load of novels one set is on the marines starting during ww2 , the series is called THE CORPS, the second is on the army, also starts during ww2 till present time called BROTHERHOOD OF WAR,  next is on THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPT  called BADGE OF HONOR, also 2 other series HONOR BOUND and PRESIDENTIAL AGENT, total about 45-50 books, all nice and fat, most of the series has characters who, like in THE CORP guy starts as a marine corporal in China in the late 30's, ends up working for wild bill donovan in oss and later on finishes his career as a full bird colonel after Korea. I am sure all will enjoy this series of novels


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Excellent read about UC work against the Mongols and the emotional turmoil he went though while working the case,.


Also if you like off beat fiction police the Ken Goddard series Prey, Wildfire, Double Blind about an UC fish and wildlife team.


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Bump to ya Mikies place,Griffin is fantastic.Have read his works as well.Especially like his Badge Of Honor series.I have family in Philly.Michael Connelly is also great,especially his "Harry Bosch" series.

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I actually got to hear him speak at a gang investgators conference in CA not long after that case wrapped. It was a fantastic presentation!


 


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Excelmlent read about UC work against the Mongols and the emotional turmoil he went though while working the case,.


Also if you like off beat fiction police the Ken Goddard series Prey, Wildfire, Double Blind about an UC fish and wildlife team.


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JOSEPH WAMBAUGH...HOLLYWOOD STATION SERIES...

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In response to ladyfirstpatrol, ya almost got it right Sue, its Donnie Brasco not danny and he was a fed, Special Agent Joseph Pistone for the FBI.  Joe has also done more work, besides "My undercover Life in the Mafia" on which the movie starring johnny depp  and  al pacino was based, he also wrote- Donnie Brasco, DEEP COVER.  also THE WAY OF THE WISEGUY by donnie brasco. These three are fact based and kinda autobiographic. He also, Joe Pistone, cowrote with another author, three novels called MOBBED UP, SNAKE EYES, AND THE GOOD GUYS.  Enjoy the good reading folks

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In response to ladyfirstpatrol, ya almost got it right Sue, its Donnie Brasco not danny and he was a fed, Special Agent Joseph Pistone for the FBI.  Joe has also done more work, besides "My undercover Life in the Mafia" on which the movie starring johnny depp  and  al pacino was based, he also wrote- Donnie Brasco, DEEP COVER.  also THE WAY OF THE WISEGUY by donnie brasco. These three are fact based and kinda autobiographic. He also, Joe Pistone, cowrote with another author, three novels called MOBBED UP, SNAKE EYES, AND THE GOOD GUYS.  Enjoy the good reading folks



Thanks Mike for the correction and info---I was racking my brain to remember Brasco's first name.  It had been several years since I read it, but never forgot it!  The other books by Joe Pistone also sound very interesting.   Also, will look for the movie.........Thanks for adding more books to my reading list...I no longer read a book a week, but maybe will finish some of these by end of the year.....

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 I recommend No Angel by Jay Dobyns.  The book shows life through the eyes of an ATF agent and gives a detailed and realistic description of life inside the H-ells Angels.

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This looks like a REAL page-turner Max!  I am going to check it out!


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 I recommend No Angel by Jay Dobyns.  The book shows life through the eyes of an ATF agent and gives a detailed and realistic description of life inside the H-ells Angels.


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and if ya dont feel like turning pages all night and just wanna be entertained, ya can watch PRINCE OF THE CITY starring treat williams for free on youtube.  the whole 2 hr 40 minute for free any time.  And if ya just wanna read some, i do about 50 books a year, tom clancy is always a page turner and there is a writer named W.E.B. Griffin who has writteen a pack load of novels one set is on the marines starting during ww2 , the series is called THE CORPS, the second is on the army, also starts during ww2 till present time called BROTHERHOOD OF WAR,  next is on THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPT  called BADGE OF HONOR, also 2 other series HONOR BOUND and PRESIDENTIAL AGENT, total about 45-50 books, all nice and fat, most of the series has characters who, like in THE CORP guy starts as a marine corporal in China in the late 30's, ends up working for wild bill donovan in oss and later on finishes his career as a full bird colonel after Korea. I am sure all will enjoy this series of novels



Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions! Those will keep me busy for a while! lol. I'll look up W.E.B. Griffin soon!


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PRINCE OF THE CITY sounds like a good movie to watch on Youtube---something I frequent a lot---mostly for music-----but I'll have to start checking out the movies also. 


Speaking of BOOKS---the first cop book I remember reading was THE ONION FIELD by Joseph Wambaugh (pretty sure he was the author)---it was recommended to us rookies in the academy, and I'll never forget the shock I felt at the depth of evil in the world (I had no idea what I would be up against in Law Enforcement)  but, it is a book every young cop or aspiring cop should read.  Actually think it may've been one of Wambaugh's first books. 


Another book I liked was DANNY BRASCO---autobiography, I believe of undercover cop in NYC. 


It's actually been a while since I've read much in this vein, and if I've gotten the authors wrong, please correct me. 


A current book I'd like to recommend is:  A TIME TO BETRAY by Reza Kahlili---It's the true story of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.   It's a great spy thriller, one of my favorite genres. 


This is an interesting discussion as books have always been a big part of my life.  Thanks for posting.



Thanks Firstladypatrol! Those books sound interesting! I also enjoy spy thrillers!


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Excellent read about UC work against the Mongols and the emotional turmoil he went though while working the case,.


Also if you like off beat fiction police the Ken Goddard series Prey, Wildfire, Double Blind about an UC fish and wildlife team.



Thanks Trouttrooper! I love UC stories, and that Ken Goddard series sound pretty interesting too!


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 I recommend No Angel by Jay Dobyns.  The book shows life through the eyes of an ATF agent and gives a detailed and realistic description of life inside the H-ells Angels.



Thanks MaxVirtus! That one sound great too! I haven't read any books about ATF so this one should be all the more interesting.


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Picked up "Blue Blood" by Eddie Conlon at the library. So far it's a great story about his life in the NYPD. He goes into detail about his past and family, and really brings something more to the book with his literary skill. Anyhow, great book so far!


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I am currently plowing through Wambaugh's "Hollywood Crows" about CRO's in Tinsel Town.  I'm not as into it as, say, "Fire Lover" about a famous case where a Fire Inspector finally got nabbed for committing arson. 


I dunno.  Maybe it's because I lived in Hollywood for a lot of years.  Drags making scenes on the boulevard are not so interesting to me.  Still though, Wambaugh is like a bag of Lays.  You can't put him down.

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I'm pretty fond of the greatest selling book in history.My recipe book for life and is the story of the greatest peace keeper ever.



I hear ya on that sir! In fact I was just reading it!! :-) Committing to memory Galatians 5:22-26.


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