Blue Blood

Blue Blood

by Edward Conlon
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Blue Blood by Edward Conlon

"A great book... with the testimonial force equal to that of Michael Herr's Dispatches."—Time

Edward Conlon's Blue Blood is an ambitious and extraordinary work of nonfiction about what it means to protect, to serve, and to defend among the ranks of New York's finest. Told by a fourth generation NYPD, this is an anecdotal history of New York as experienced through its police force, and depicts a portrait of the teeming street life of the city in all its horror and splendor. It is a story about police politics, fathers and sons, partners who become brothers, old ghosts and undying legacies.  Conlon joined the NYPD during the Giuliani administration, when New York City saw its crime rate plummet but also witnessed events that would alter the city, its inhabitants, and its police force forever: polarizing racial cases, the proliferation of the drug trade, and the events of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. Conlon captures the detail of the landscape, the ironies and rhythms of natural speech, the tragic and the marvelous, firsthand, day after day. A New York Times Notable Book and Finalist for The National Book Criticics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594480737
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 270,743
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Conlon is a detective with the NYPD. A graduate of Harvard, he has published columns in The New Yorker under the byline Marcus Laffey.


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

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Blue Blood 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
cafereadsblogspotcom More than 1 year ago
This book is a great account not only of what police officers do, but also of what motivates police officers, how a department is organized and how politics are inevitably linked to the department. Conlon is a gifted writer and he knows how to write in an informal, even witty, way while choosing his words so carefully that his writing sounds incredibly mature and thoughtful. Even if you are not particularly interested in the police, I would recommend this book for the quality of its writing, which is witty and thought-provoking at the same time. It's a long read, but it's well-written and worth your time.
gadgethead16 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for anyone over the age of 18. Some words may be Offensive to some readers. By useing raceial words or words that should only be read if over the age of 18.I like New York City and crime books I got it for only $6.98 in Wilks-Barre,PA. And i love it. I don't mimd the words they use in the book. Blue Blood is a very good book and i would recomend this book
Michael_Mucha More than 1 year ago
I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good read. This book is about a freshly trained police officer, Edward Conlon, being put into New York City and tells about his day to day lifestyle. Conlon also mentions various interesting/devastating events he has witnessed, such as the Dirty Thirty and 9/11. It goes a lot of detail on the daily routine of a police officer and the types of crimes/calls they have to deal with. One of the major messages in this book is that the life of an officer is more dangerous than people think so anything could spontaneously happen. Things I liked about this book is the amount of interesting cases he talks about such as rape, child abuse etc. One of the things I disliked is he goes in depth on the little cases and then just gives brief descriptions of the major ones. In my opinion this book should not be made into a movie because it would be very long and it is just composed of many crime cases into 530 pages. Lastly, this book shouldn't be used in school curriculum because it really doesn't have tons of helpful knowledge and it has a lot of curse words.
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JillsRobert More than 1 year ago
Mr. Conlon's work is an authentic account and is a wonderful read. As a retired police officer I enjoyed the book tremendously, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys any sort of police entertainment. His career is a riotous path of action, boredom, pitfalls, and victories. His stortytelling is full of sincerity and candour. I enjoyed it, and hope he writes again.
Ryanxia More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible novel. It is filled with mounds of details on the NYPD and Conlon has had some thrilling experiences throughout his career. As far as Cop books go, this has almost everything you'd want from; patrolling, drug busts, police politics, even an insider's view of 9/11. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone (there is some graphic content). I can't express enough how grateful I was that he compiled all this data and wrote this book. Few things to note; the book is long so don't expect a short sit down, there is some disturbing content (not much) and maybe it was the copy I received from B&N or the printing press but there were some inconsistencies with the print (the text being stretched, etc) Also there are quite a few references to family/the neighborhood/history/etc that in the beginning can be a bit much if you're like me and not from NY, but it lightens up as you go along and I think was essential to anyone that is close to the author that is reading the book. All and all, A++
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in less than a week, just could not find a way to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a professional Social Worker for the last 20 years, I found this book funny, easy to read and real. Love his writing style a true pleasure. I can't put it down. Those who have not enjoyed this book perhaps haven't had the experience of serving individuals that truly live on the margins of society. Our work is often frustrating and challenging, but more than not,it's a calling, and not for everyone. From his first day on the job, I was able to see myself 20 years ago, scared, excited, unsure of myself, but armed with the belief that I could make a difference. This book has heart,it's gutsy, real, poignant, funny..... a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a very hard time following this book. It seemed that Mr. Conlon flipped back and forth between to many subjects and time periods. I made it half-way and have not picked it back up. I was hoping the second half would be better, but I may never know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Writing style is enjoyable but not enough time under his police belt to be writing his memoirs. A book that will pass the time but you won't be staying up late with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly long, but in parts it is the most interesting thing you will ever read. His retelling of encounters with people and the language he uses make this my favorite non-fiction book of all time. I laughed out loud HARD at some of the stories, the kid in the handcuffs, the dog in the knapsack, etc. I wonder what he could come up with if he wrote a novel. The man is incredibly talented and I will read anything he writes based on this stunning book. I am surprised it has not gotten more publicity. I bought it casually when I had some time to kill in an airport book store. His publishing company needs to get the word out about how great this book is because no one I know has ever heard of it. So I will end with giving it the best compliment I can -- I read 4-5 books a month and don't even know why I bought the book. I even put it at the bottom of my stack. When I started reading it late one night I was completely blown away by it because it was such a surprise to expect nothing and receive the gift of this book. Read it and give it to anyone who enjoys police stories OR anyone who appreciates wonderful writing. Ten stars to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was very well written, and very easy to read and understand. There are not enough books like this that give a glimpse into the life of a NYPD officer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a HUGE book, but worth the read. My only hope is that Edward Conlon finds time to write again. A fascinating, well-written book. Conlon definitely has raised the prestige of the NYPD without sacrificing the reality of the job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an attorney in the law enforcement field, I LOVED reading this book and highly recommend it to others. The author has done a fantastic job of describing the thrills and highs, as well as the lows, of working in law enforcement. I found it to be factually accurate, extremely interesting, hilarious in some parts (I loved reading about the author's 'cat' incident!), sad in other parts, and overall, a very honest, accurate depiction of the challenges, danger, ethical and moral dilemmas, and stress that those who work in law enforcement face every day. This book reads like a novel I had difficulty putting it down, and finished it in three days. To the author, thanks for sharing your experiences with such honesty, humor, and dignity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Deputy Sheriff, I find this book to be very 'informational' for civilians who know nothing about law enforcement. Walking/riding a beat is nothing like most civilians think. Blue Blood does not show only the chases, fights, shootouts of law enforcement, it shows the real, everyday mania the beat cops experience. Blue Blood is a great 'getaway' while on the beat and a very uplifting book. It shows all of us who are cops, that we are not the only ones who think like we do and it shows civilians our day to day lives on the job. I highly recommend this book for everyone and wish all who read it, enjoys it as much as I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be both tired and tiring. A mammoth of minutae, much of which has little to do with big-city policing, it relentlessly presses on to a conclusion that only confirms that you have seen one tiny, marginally interesting sliver of being a cop. It is extremely revealing that Conlon openly admits he fudged the timeline towards the end, because it exposes the fact that he does not have a true, compelling narrative for his story, but instead had to find one somehow. Only if he alters it to culminate in his promotion does he have a 'story,' per se, instead of a catalog of events he experienced at the fringes of the NYPD: housing cop, street-level drug enforcer and precinct detective. In this way, perhaps fate was not too kind to Conlon the writer. His short, tightly-focused articles in The New Yorker gained and kept interest becauase the types of police incidents Conlon experienced are best related in a constrained, article format. That cruel fate did not give Conlon an epic story to tell shows in this book: we do not get the story of a great man who has done your 'average' great things, nor do we get the story of a common man who had extroadinary circumstances thrust upon him. From what I can gather, Conlon has acutally spent less time inside of a marked police car than most NYC cops, and less time doing the nitty-gritty of police work. Too bad none of these other cops feels like writing about it.
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I do not regret that I bought this book. It is an interesting book. I like the author's style of writing and the police stories which I found exciting. I generally like cop stories and wasn't disappointed by this. If you ever want to know about the inner workings of New York City and the NYPD, then this is a recommended read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book cause I used to live in NY for 16yrs. I had never heard of this detective personally, but I have known a few so far. When I was reading this book I found myself shocked and amazed at the things Conlon has gone through and seen in the NY. To say the least would be to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Conlon is an awesome novelist. He has done so much for NY and the police and I personally am grateful for all that he has done. I look forward to anymore books Conlon puts out in the future. amazing book, amazing life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived in NYC in one of the Boroughs for 4 years and was in NYC for 9/11. I also had the unfortunate opportunity of witnessing the drug dealing that has eroded so many cities which in turn makes the NYPD and other Police Departments have more UNNECESSARY work to do. I had to call the NYPD and report the drug dealing and this book brought back so many memories of my wonderful interaction with the them (the NYPD). Now, they have triple the work to do with having to watch the terrorists to make sure that we're not attacked again. This book was so unbelievable and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Detective Conlon IS SO TALENTED and has so much to offer the world with his writings and OUTSTANDING Detective work. He is to be commended for his great acccomplishments. I truly reccommend this book and hope he writes MORE and starts teaching a Criminal Justice class. The students will love him and he will be great with the college kids. Please go buy this book. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an attorney, I tend to stay away from true crime and non-fiction books. Since I have known Ed for many years, I was thrilled to see that he had written and published his first book. I think it was incredibly well written, engaging and a bit off the beaten path for a police procedural. Ed's degree from Harvard highlights a wonderful writing style. He is able to go from the distant past regarding his family members that were policeman; through the more immediate past, with stories interwoven about his family, to his at times hot and cold life on the streets of the Bronx. There are several vivid descriptions of waiting for things to happen in the streets as well as Ed's waiting and striving for advancement within the ranks. Blue Blood is honest and the story seems to come from the heart. Kudos to Ed and we all await a sequel!