The Shield of Gold: A Candid Memoir by a Former NYPD Detective

The Shield of Gold: A Candid Memoir by a Former NYPD Detective

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by Lenny Golino, Douglas Winslow Cooper
     
 

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A DETECTIVE?

In The Shield of Gold, private investigator and former New York Police Department homicide detective Lenny Golino informs, amuses, and sometimes saddens the reader with real-life stories from his twenty-one years with the NYPD and from his current position as head of Gold Shield Elite Investigations, LLC. Among the chapters

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A DETECTIVE?

In The Shield of Gold, private investigator and former New York Police Department homicide detective Lenny Golino informs, amuses, and sometimes saddens the reader with real-life stories from his twenty-one years with the NYPD and from his current position as head of Gold Shield Elite Investigations, LLC. Among the chapters are “Gratitude and Attitude,” “From Kid to Cop,” “‘Street Eyes’ and ‘Street-wise,’” “World Trade Center Attack, September 11, 2001,” “Line-ups, Show-Ups, and Screw-Ups,” ”The Murderous Mom,” “One Who Got Away,” “Cache of the Day,” “Through a Cop’s Eyes,” “Who, or What, Is Bugging You?” This candid memoir describes some of the highs and lows of being on the Job. One needs a sense of humor and a philosophical perspective not to become victim to three common hazards of police work: alcoholism, divorce, and suicide. “To serve and protect” successfully, one must have insight and compassion, along with street smarts and a desire to see justice done. One cannot be too soft-boiled nor too hard-boiled…nor scrambled. After retiring from the NYPD, Golino found that being a detective had become addictive. He established his Gold Shield Elite organization to continue his calling and to provide private investigative services that are timely, professional, and affordable. The Shield of Gold gives a first-hand depiction of police work and private investigating that both informs and entertains.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478719533
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/14/2012
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
820,249
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Golino is a decorated veteran of twenty-one years of service with the New York Police Department, the last seven years of which he served as a robbery-homicide unit detective, solving 46 of 57 homicide investigations he conducted. He is currently a private investigator.
Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., is a retired scientist, now a freelance writer and book-writing partner. He is the author of Ting and I: A Memoir of Love, Courage, and Devotion, also published by Outskirts Press.

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The Shield of Gold: A Candid Memoir by a Former NYPD Detective 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CaracAllison More than 1 year ago
I've made the acquaintance of many fictional cops. I grew up reading about the patrolmen and detectives in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. I know Inspectors Dalgleish and Morse better than most of the people I went to high school with. And I love Harry Bosch like a brother. Lenny Golino was a real cop. "Shield of Gold" is the memoir of his career in the NYPD written by Mr. Golino and established writer Douglas Winslow Cooper. The collected stories would make an amazing thriller if they were structured into a plot. But this book is more than just another title in a mystery series. It is an engaging and honest collection of real experiences. And I have rarely experienced a book that surprised me more. Golino and Cooper share the inside reality of a recruit's time in the academy. They consider what it takes to fill the uniform--why some are cut out for the job and why so many are not. They communicate the fear of the dreaded sixth floor in the academy, the physical challenges of water push-ups, the mental stress of learning when to shoot. When Golino graduates from the academy and hits the streets we read about how he developed his street eyes and the true danger of domestic disturbances. The authors help us understand how the stress of wearing blue leads to divorce, alcoholism and suicide. These are clichés in most police shows on TV. In "Shield of Gold" they are aspects of life that good cops like Golino must learn to live with. An entirely new and unique perspective on 9/11 is offered over several chapters. I had no notion of the role detectives played on that historic day. Similarly, I came to understand riots from the perspective of the men and women wearing the armor and carrying the batons.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY PRECIOUS!!! WHAT SHALL WE DO?!? WE EATS IT WHOLE!!! *hisses and eats them whole*