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Into the Kill Zone: A Cop's Eye View of Deadly Force

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What's it like to have the legal sanction to shoot and kill? This compelling and often startling book answers this, and many other questions about the oft-times violent world inhabited by our nation's police officers. Written by a cop-turned university professor who interviewed scores of officers who have shot people in the course of their duties, Into the Kill Zone presents firsthand accounts of the role that deadly force plays in American police work. This brilliantly written book tells how novice officers are ...

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Overview

What's it like to have the legal sanction to shoot and kill? This compelling and often startling book answers this, and many other questions about the oft-times violent world inhabited by our nation's police officers. Written by a cop-turned university professor who interviewed scores of officers who have shot people in the course of their duties, Into the Kill Zone presents firsthand accounts of the role that deadly force plays in American police work. This brilliantly written book tells how novice officers are trained to think about and use the power they have over life and death, explains how cops live with the awesome responsibility that comes from the barrels of their guns, reports how officers often hold their fire when they clearly could have shot, presents hair-raising accounts of what it's like to be involved in shoot-outs, and details how shooting someone affects officers who pull the trigger. From academy training to post-shooting reactions, this book tells the compelling story of the role that extreme violence plays in the lives of America's cops.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787986032
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/22/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 138,763
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Klinger is a former police officer who teaches criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is a highly regarded trainer and lecturer to police organizations across the country. He has appeared on the Today show, Chris Matthews' Hard Ball, Geraldo Rivera, and the History Channel.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 Choosing the Badge and Gun.

2 Basic Training.

3 Holding Fire.

4 Pulling the Trigger.

5 When the Smoke Clears.

Epilogue.

Glossary.

Notes.

About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    You gotta read this book

    From the very first sentences of this book: 'Edward Randolph was twenty-six years old when I killed him. I was twenty-three' to the last paragraph, this is a non-stop action ride through the kill zone. It's the kind of book you can pick up and start reading in the middle (It's basically a collection of cops telling stories about shootings they were involved in; what they were doing, how it went down, what it was like for them afterwards) and be pretty sure you're going to elevate your pulse by the time you're done. If you want to know what it's like to be in a dark alley at 2 in the morning with a punk aiming a shotgun at your head-- or if you want to know what it's like to have to live with the consequences of shooting a 13 year old kid holding a water pistol, buy this book. It's the next best thing to sitting in a coffee shop at 3 in the morning and listening to the cops tell the stories themselves. If you like true crime, or action and suspense novels, try kill zone-- it's the real deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Awesome!

    This book is definately one of a kind. It tells the stories of officers involved in shootings, from their days of the academy to the days they shoot someone. It speaks of different officers sharing their experiences with shootings. This book is as realistic as it comes! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, regardless if you are an officer or not, this book is for everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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