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Cop to Call Girl

Cop to Call Girl

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by Norma Jean Almodovar

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Those who thought they had seen the Los Angeles Police Department at its nadir on the Rodney King tape will revise their opinion after reading this shocking expose by a woman who joined the force in 1972 and left it 10 years later. Almodovar tells tales of drunkenness, extortion, theft, statutory rape and even murder by her ex-colleagues. And, when she left the force, she discovered a new dimension to police viciousness. According to Almodovar, she was criminally entrapped, not because of her new career as a $200-an-hour call girl, but because she had made known that she was writing a ``tell all'' book about her experiences as a police officer. She claims that she was set up by the LAPD on a charge of ``pandering'' and was imprisoned for 50 days for an offense usually punished by probation. Although Almodovar's story of her treatment by the police is convincing, her account is too long and at times tedious. Having withdrawn her $3 million lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, the LAPD and various individual police officers for conspiracy to violate her civil rights, Almodovar now heads the Hollywood branch of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), a rights organization for prostitutes. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This tawdry autobiography chronicles Almodovar's life from repressive childhood to a stint as a Los Angeles traffic cop to glamorous call girl. Supposedly written as an expose of corruption in the LAPD, this book instead reads like an extended kiss-and-tell letter to Penthouse , explicitly extolling the virtues of prostitution (``what horny woman wouldn't opt for such a lifestyle?''). Disillusioned by dishonesty in the police force, Almodovar embraced a life of prostitution and began work on a book about her life as a cop-turned-call girl. However, she claims that once the LAPD found out about the manuscript, they arrested her for pandering (a felony) to keep her quiet--and she served a three-year prison sentence. Unfortunately, what might have been a serious study of the moral and legal aspects of prostitution is undermined by Almodovar's seeming desire to imitate The Happy Hooker. Not recommended.-- Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.
Richard Paul Snyder
Almodovar grew up in upstate New York, came to Southern California for a two-week vacation in January 1970, and stayed. Following a fling as a cult religionist, the unhappily married Almodovar became a cop groupie before deciding to become a cop herself. Too diminutive to qualify for the regular force, the author settled for traffic officer, which still afforded her proximity to plenty of policemen to bed. As do many cops, she eventually became jaded, finding that law enforcement is a perverse world and that justice seldom prevails. Worst of all, many cops are crooks. The author claims she was a rarity, a workaholic, someone who gave 100+ percent, often heaping trouble upon herself for making coworkers look bad. After 10 years' service, three debilitating traffic accidents, and untold rebukes from superiors, she had had enough. Financial circumstances, sexual proclivity, and fate combined, and she ended up call-girling in high circles. Later, she was railroaded on a pandering charge for threatening to tell all about the LAPD. Often tiresome, often titillating; a by-the-numbers but occasionally diverting account.

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