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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Edward Conlon may be better known to some readers as Marcus Laffey, the pseudonym used for his "Cop's Diary" column that appeared in The New Yorker. But he is fully Ed Conlon here. And his story, a sprawling portrait of Conlon and his Irish-American family, many of whom have been in law enforcement for generations, offers a rare glimpse behind the "blue wall" and into the complicated struggles and successes of a current member of the fraternity known as the NYPD.
Despite a degree from Harvard and his family's dreams of a more exalted life for him, Conlon felt called to "The Job." And in Blue Blood, he brilliantly evokes the decrepit streets of his Bronx beat, from his rookie days in the projects to his current work as a detective. But a cop's job isn't just to take care of the street. And Conlon's book is filled with the lives of the denizens of his precinct: some, hell-bent on sliding ever deeper into the muck and others who try mightily to live lives of dignity amid the simmering chaos that threatens to engulf them. Conlon tells their stories (and his own) with a clear-eyed candor that's unsentimental, yet deeply felt. Ultimately, Blue Blood is a book of both great passion and compassion, and an exposé of a vocation to which Conlon felt called -- with good reason. (Summer 2004 Selection)