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The Good Policeman

The Good Policeman

(1990)
(The fifth book in the Secret Isaac series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
Charyn's ( Secret Isaac ) high-energy, idiosyncratic prose is a perfect match for his hero, New York police commissioner Isaac Sidel, and his ricochet course through Manhattan's nine circles in his latest, complex adventure. The Justice Department has sent Isaac on a lecture tour to police departments across the country. But Isaac, impatient with inaction, frustrated by society's indifference and plagued by the tapeworm in his stomach, skips out in midtour and returns to New York where, upon sighting the woman who had been his first love when they were teenagers, he faints. Tracking ''Anastasia,'' Isaac upsets all sorts of powerful forces, from rival mob families to Mayor Becky Karp and the FBI, and, in a combination of midlife crisis, burn-out and pure romanticism, treads on enough toes to land in Riker's Island prison on trumped-up charges. His courtroom triumph is accomplished by sleight of plot all the more convincing for its off-handedness. While Isaac's circle--his daughter Marilyn the Wild, Cardinal Jim and the members of the Christy Mathewson Club, a cadre of baseball fans critical to the movable allegiances and betrayals of the plot--give color and life to this antic tale, it's the Commish himself, bewildered and believable, who keeps us turning those pages and, by following his heart, wins ours.

Library Journal
With practiced aplomb, Charyn puts New York City police commissioner Isaac Sidel, a tough, milk-swigging Jewish baseball nut, through his independent, if somewhat cliched paces. Cutting short a lecture tour, Sidel returns to New York, where he hopes to uncover the whereabouts of a missing gay lawyer for the mob, a mob accountant-in-hiding, and a former Romanian ''princess'' (and ex-lover of her Nazi uncle) now linked with the same mob. Isaac employs unorthodox procedures, disregards the directives of his powerful Justice Department boss, and ends up in jail himself as a mob connection. Rapid action, quickly defined minor characters, and the World War II association should attract a wide audience.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1990 : USA Hardback
Title: The Good Policeman
Author(s): Jerome Charyn
ISBN: 0-89296-360-3 / 978-0-89296-360-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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Paperback Editions

July 1991 : USA Paperback
Title: The Good Policeman
Author(s): Jerome Charyn
ISBN: 0-446-40012-2 / 978-0-446-40012-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: The Good Policeman
Author(s): Jerome Charyn
ISBN: 0-7475-0725-2 / 978-0-7475-0725-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

April 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Good Policeman (The Isaac Sidel Novels Book 5)
Author(s): Jerome Charyn
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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