Terrorist Cop: The NYPD Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorists

Terrorist Cop: The NYPD Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorists

by Mordecai Dzikansky, Robert Slater
     
 

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Terrorist Cop is a colorful, haunting, and highly graphic tale of New York City homicide detective Morty Dzikansky. Dzikansky's career began with a yarmulke on his head, patrolling Brooklyn's streets, and going undercover to catch a band of Torah thieves. Post 9/11, the NYPD sent Dzikansky to Israel to monitor suicide bombings as part of Commissioner Ray Kelly's

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Terrorist Cop is a colorful, haunting, and highly graphic tale of New York City homicide detective Morty Dzikansky. Dzikansky's career began with a yarmulke on his head, patrolling Brooklyn's streets, and going undercover to catch a band of Torah thieves. Post 9/11, the NYPD sent Dzikansky to Israel to monitor suicide bombings as part of Commissioner Ray Kelly's plan to protect New York from further terror which led to him becoming an expert on suicide bombings. The result also led to Dzikansky's own private descent into hell as a post-traumatic stress disorder victim.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A policeman from 1982, a time when "only two Orthodox Jews were members of the NYPD," until 2008, Dzikansky, in his first book, outlines his 25 years on the force. Despite wearing a yarmulke on the job and not being able to work from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, Dzikansky never let his religion hamper his position on the force. Instead, thanks to his knowledge of Hebrew and dedicated work on the well-publicized Torah theft cases in the early '90s, Dzikansky quickly moved up the NYPD's ranks and earned the complimentary nickname the "Jewish Detective" from his peers. It isn't till almost 100 pages into the book that readers get a true glimpse at the officer as he describes his reaction to 9/11 as a cop. And it is this tragic event that leads to Dzikansky's most dramatic role, learning firsthand about terror attacks and how to prevent them as an NYPD operative working and living in Israel. While Dzikansky's storytelling skills don't live up to the danger and importance of his mission, his time abroad, which included trips to investigate terror attacks in Spain, Egypt, Russia, and Turkey, certainly paid dues for New York City. The last two chapters--in which Dzikansky outlines lessons he hopes will "help curb terror," explaining how to identify and handle a terrorist attack--are compelling reading and a testament to Dzikansky's skill as a terrorist cop. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Veteran NYPD homicide detective Dzikansky spent four years in Israel to observe the aftermath of terrorist attacks and cull lessons to help the NYPD prevent and better handle terror threats. He is at his best when recalling his 20 years on the streets of New York, his experience visiting the scenes of dozens of suicide bombings in Israel (among other places), and the personal pain of dealing with and recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although his reports on the aftermath of bombings are difficult to read, readers will still crave more stories and details. While he no doubt gleaned valuable information and was able to help the NYPD develop policy and training to handle terror threats, Dzikansky does not get into the politics of whether a city—even New York—should be running such programs. The book would benefit from hearing more of his views, although it does include a summary of lessons learned and guidelines for how to spot a terrorist. VERDICT This will be of interest mostly to security and law enforcement professionals and those interested in New York and the aftermath of 9/11.—Karen Sandlin Silverman, Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569804452
Publisher:
Barricade Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/16/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Mordecai Z. Dzikansky, Retired Detective First Grade, spent his 25-year police career with the NYC Police Department. A Brooklyn native, Dzikansky’s career began as a uniformed patrolman. Periods in the homicide and detective squads led to him becoming lead investigator of the newly formed specialized Torah Task Force in 1993. From 2003 until 2007, Dzikansky was in Israel as the first NYPD Intelligence Div. Overseas Liaison to the Israel National Police. His intelligence gathering and immediate relay of key information back to NYC enhanced the Department’s ability to prevent and recover from terrorist acts. In 2009, two of his written works were published in Countering Terrorism, National Academy of Sciences. Currently, Dzikansky lectures and consults to law enforcement and academics on global security and policing topics. This is his first book. Dzikansky resides in Israel.

Robert Slater, who died in 2014, was born in NYC and grew up in South Orange, NJ. He was an honors graduate of the University of PA where he majored in political science. He received a master’s of science degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Slater worked for UPI and Time Magazine and authored 30 books, including the BusinessWeek Bestsellers, Jack Welch & the GE Way, and SOROS: The Life, Times and Trading Secrets of the World's Greatest Investor.

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