A collection of dramatic tales culled from the author s twenty year career as a police officer includes his observations of fellow officers, his struggles with depression, and the numerous cases that shaped his moral perceptions By the editor of True Blue 20,000 first printing....
|Title||:||A Cop's Life: True Stories from the Heart Behind the Badge|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Griffin Reprint edition August 1, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||979 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Cop's Life: True Stories from the Heart Behind the Badge Reviews
The author served at the beginning of his career in a small New Jersey town and then moved on to Las Vegas where most of this book occurred. There are twenty short stories included. Some of them are quite moving. Responding to a family dispute in a low income neighborhood the officers encounter a large male beating a small female. They first figured it to be husband wife or boyfriend girlfriend. Turns out to have been son mother. The son jumps out the window to get away and is dead. The threatening crowd assembles. The mother screams out that the cops pushed her son out the window.
Being a Police Officer for 18 years I can tell you that Randy Sutton has captured the essence of what the job really is about.
I bought the book on the recommendation of a friend, and didn't expect it to be much different from other cop memoirs, which are generally amusing, but formulaic. Randy's book was none of that. Having been a cop for fifteen years, I knew that Randy was writing what I felt, but he said it like no one else I've read. I finished the book on an airplane, while returning from a business trip. I was self-conscious, looking around me to see if anyone had noticed the tears running down my face. I can't remember any other book having that effect on me. If you want to know what being a cop feels like, you need to read this.
I read this book in 4 hours I couldn't put it down. Being a street cop for 23 years in the worst neighborhoods in San Diego the stories transfixed me and brought back some bad memories. All cops will recognize these stories and the pain they caused the writet.
Sgt. Randy Sutton began his career as a 19-year-old police cadet in a small New Jersey town, then moved after 10 years to Las Vegas, where he spent the next two decades not in the midst of the sin city's glitz and glamor, but patrolling the parts of it the tourists don't see, primarily the residential areas inhabited by the middle- and working-class people who make it go and those who, in turn, provide them with the goods and services they need. In this book he tells the stories of 18 incidents from his career, ranging from the violent to the heart-warming, several with surprising twists (the "wife-beater" who turned out to be beating his mother, for example), and finishes with a fictional Christmas story about an embittered and bereaved officer who finds redemption through a stray pup and an elderly black woman and her granddaughter.
Love both books he's written. He's a great author and brings a true perspective of how it is from the officer's side. So much love and respect to our officers that live day in and day out with the things they have to experience. Not enough credit is ever given to them.
Loved the way this read gives a heart to the men and women of law enforcement. Some of the stories impacted me in a way that I can still recall them years later. Excellent easy read.
In this compellingly true to life nonfiction, what comes through is the humanity of those that