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Blue Blood

Blue Blood

(2004)
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"Beautiful and inspiring, terrifying and heartbreaking."
James Frey


"The most stunning memoir ever written about the cop world."
Joseph Wambaugh


As a Harvard graduate and regular writer for The New Yorker, Edward Conlon is a little different from most of his fellow New York City cops. And the stories he tells in his compelling memoir Blue Blood are miles away from the commonly told Hollywood-style police tales that are always action-packed but rarely tethered to reality. While there is action here, there's also political hassle, the rich and often troubling history of a department not unfamiliar with corruption, and the day-to-day life of people charged with preserving order in America's largest city. Conlon's book is, in part, a memoir as he progresses from being a rookie cop working the beat at troubled housing projects to assignments in the narcotics division to eventually becoming a detective. But it's also the story of his family history within the enormous NYPD as well as the evolving role of the police force within the city.

Conlon relates the controversies surrounding the somewhat familiar shooting of Amadou Diallou and the abuse, at the hands of New York cops, of Abner Louima. But being a cop himself, Conlon lends insight and nuance to these issues that could not possibly be found in the newspapers. And as an outstanding writer, he draws the reader into that world. In the book's most remarkable passage, Conlon tells of the grim but necessary work done at the Fresh Kills landfill, sifting through the rubble and remains left in the wake of the World Trade Centre attacks on 9/11 (a section originally published in The New Yorker).

In many ways, Blue Blood comes to resemble the world of New York City law enforcement that Conlon describes: both are expansive, sprawling, multi-dimensional and endlessly fascinating. And Conlon's writing is perfectly matched to his subject: always lively, keenly observant and possessing a streetwise energy. --John Moe, Amazon.com

 
Used availability for Edward Conlon's Blue Blood


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Hardback Editions

April 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 1-57322-266-6 / 978-1-57322-266-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 0-09-194032-X / 978-0-09-194032-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 0-09-193760-4 / 978-0-09-193760-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 1-59448-073-7 / 978-1-59448-073-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s):
ISBN: 0-9654469-6-4 / 978-0-9654469-6-9 (USA edition)
Publisher:
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

December 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 1-4193-0288-4 / 978-1-4193-0288-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

December 2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 1-4193-0290-6 / 978-1-4193-0290-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

July 2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
ISBN: 1-4193-0286-8 / 978-1-4193-0286-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Blue Blood
Author(s): Edward Conlon
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   



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