City Detective Bill Patterson is a good cop. He's proud of his twenty-one years service on the force and proud of the fact that never once in all those years has he fired his gun in the line of duty. But the violence of his job has become a part of him. When he hits a man he can't stop; and when he drinks he can't stop. His treatment of tough prisoners and suspects is the stuff of legend in the precinct. One day, the good cop goes too far. His handling of a demonstration lands a Jewish community leader in the hospital, and the mayor wants Patterson 's head. Glen Coughlin's wry and moving story takes us inside an American Dream that is beginning to unravel; and he has drawn his characters with unsparing truthfulness. Suspended from the force pending investigation, Bill Patterson can think of nothing to do but drink. His wife finds strength in the church and in her determination to stand by her husband, even though love and understanding now seem empty words to her. Charlie Patterson, the nineteen-year-old narrator of this story, looks for a way out of the desperate familiarity of his father's house, but what he finds is that blood runs thicker than water. His father's fight is also his.
Used availability for T Glen Coughlin's The Hero of New York
February 1986 : USA Hardback
June 1987 : USA Paperback
January 1980 : USA Paperback