Edward Conlon enthralled readers with his intimate account of life in his large, multigenerational family of career policemen and in his adoptive family -- the fiercely clannish brotherhood of the NYPD. “Conlon’s dazzling epic of street life and rough camaraderie is far more rewarding than any disgruntled Serpico-style tell-all could ever be," raved The Washington Post.
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Also Known As:
Bronx, New York
Date of Birth:
January 15, 1965
Place of Birth:
Bronx, New York
Regis High School, New York City, 1983, Harvard College, 1987
Included in Best American Essays, 2001; Nominee, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2004
|2004 Discover Great New Writers Award Finalist|
Conlon is fourth-generation NYPD -- and the story he tells is an anecdotal history of New York through its police force, a portrait of the city's teeming street life in all its horror and splendor. Tapped as a finalist in the nonfiction category for the 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award, Blue Blood is, in the words of our editors, "a book of both great passion and compassion, and an exposé of a vocation to which Conlon felt called -- with good reason."
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|"I used to write for The New Yorker, and one Christmas, I was able to get a bunch of copies of Family by Ian Frazier andUp in the Old Hotel, a collection of Joseph Mitchell, signed by the authors. Both are favorite writers, favorite books," Conlon revealed in our exclusive interview. "I also tracked down Tom Wolfe -- hey, I'm a cop -- and arrived on his doorstep, unannounced, with a stack of Bonfire of the Vanities for autographs. Those were the best presents I ever gave."|
|Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett (trans.)
In our interview, we asked Conlon to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books. He selected Anna Karenina, "which may have been more important for me as a writer, in that I broke it down into the basic architecture and engineering," he explains. "I understood how you built something on this scale."
Homer, Robert Fagles (trans.)
Conlon names another classic work as a favorite book, reflecting, "The Illiad is the daily news to me, rewritten in my mind. I have been a New York City cop for ten years, and it has been both battle and circus, foolish and heroic." Read our interview to learn about more of Conlon's best-loved books, including:
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