Cop without a Badge: The Extraordinary Undercover Life of Kevin Maher

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COP AND KEVIN MAHER? KEVIN DOESN'T HAVE A BADGE. AND HE DOESN'T PLAY BY THE RULES.

Cop Without a Badge tracks confidential informant Kevin Maher as he helps the NYPD, the FBI, and many other law enforcement agencies solve cases that range from robbery to extortion to homicide. In the process, Kevin becomes the highest paid CI the DEA ever ...

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COP AND KEVIN MAHER? KEVIN DOESN'T HAVE A BADGE. AND HE DOESN'T PLAY BY THE RULES.

Cop Without a Badge tracks confidential informant Kevin Maher as he helps the NYPD, the FBI, and many other law enforcement agencies solve cases that range from robbery to extortion to homicide. In the process, Kevin becomes the highest paid CI the DEA ever had.

But Kevin's motives are more complicated than simply money. Having been arrested for Grand Theft Auto at the age of sixteen, his felony conviction prevents him from being what he always wanted to be: a police officer. So now he's out to prove to himself he truly is what he could've been. A cop. Even without a badge.

Kevin Maher, working in conjunction with the FBI, the NYPD and the Secret Service, has helped solve more than a dozen homicides, put a regiment of Mafia soldiers behind bars, and plugged a high volume Columbia-Miami-New York cocaine pipeline. After a cop helped Maher avoid a second jail term in 1974, Maher began a dangerous undercover career that spanned two decades.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Fast moving and entertaining, Cop Without A Badge presents an inside look at the intangible relationship between a police officer and a paid informant." —Robert Creighton, Former Police Commissioner, Suffolk County, New York

"A giant read in the tradition of true crime book, Cop Without A Badge sets the stage for an awesome cinematic experience." —Chris Noth

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kipps (Out of Focus) deftly labels Maher an ``excitement junkie,'' and the aptness of that term is clear from the first paragraph of this high-speed bio. From a broken home, Maher early became addicted to fast cars, and at 17, driving a stolen car, he led police on a wild chase from the Bronx in New York City to the Catskills. For this he got a prison sentence of up to four years. After escape and re-incarceration, he had the good fortune to encounter detective Jim Doherty, who became a second father to him. He then built a career as a confidential informant for various police departments, the FBI and the DEA. His fascination with fast cars continuing, he met at a drag-racing strip the scion of one of Colombia's drug families and for several years was a serious cocaine addict whose habit wrecked his first two marriages and derailed his career as an informant. Eventually he conquered his addiction and now works for a security firm in New Jersey. From all the derring-do here emerges the portrait of a man who never grew up. First serial to Penthouse. (Feb.)
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Once imprisoned for attempted murder of a police officer, Maher had a 20-year career as a modern-day bounty hunter for the FBI, NYPD, & other agencies. This is his true story. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439177112
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 412,717
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Kipps

Screenwriter/Producer/Author Charles Kipps has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and an Edgar Award. His early career as a journalist, included a stint as Features Editor for Variety. He is the author of two non-fiction books, Out of Focus and Cop Without A Badge (recently reissued) and the novels Hell's Kitchen Homicide and Crystal Death (coming September 2010).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    HATE TO ADMIT...BUT I ENJOYED IT

    Bought this book because I do watch the NJ housewives and I was curious. Kevin Mayer also lived in my same neighborhood a year ago. I loved the book. If you ever met Kevin, you will never meet another like him. The book was easy to read, I finished it in 2 days...unreal story. Worth the read

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Loved it

    I am a big fan of movies like Scarface Goodfellas Casino etc. So i absolutely loved it could not put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    Cop without a Badge

    When I first heard about the book relating to one of the housewives, I was like can it be true? So I bought the book and started reading it I was blowing away and the fact that it was all true Kevin Maher was an amazing guy who went thru everything without being a cop. In two days I finshed the book but it was the best book I cant put it down, Seriouesly for each word I find myself there watching everything happen like if it was a movie

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Good read!

    I really enjoyed this book! Got turned onto it because of RHONJ, thought it would be lame but it actually was a great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2009

    Cop without A Badger ???

    I found the book interesting, probably only because the locale. I was raised in North Jersey and recognized some of the locations.
    I think the content was good, but the writing could have been better. It's a good conversation piece due to the tie in with "Desperate Housewives of New Jersey".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    What?

    Wait so is this from housewives of nj?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Wow!

    I hate to admit that i watch housewives of NJ and thats how i first heard of this book. I had no idea it would be this entertaining! Well worth tne money.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Cop Without a Badge

    It wasn't one of my more interesting reads, however I watched the Housewives of New Jersey and was curious about Danielle. She certainly seems to have a colorful life and I wonder how much of her life she has shared or will share with her daughtes. With her being in the public eye, things are going to come up, she might reconsider what she will do when she grows up.

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