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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Codella Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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A raw, gritty memoir - part true-life cop thriller, part unputdownable history of a storied time and place - that will grip you by the throat until the explosive end.

In 1988, Alphabet City burned with heroin, radicalism, and antipolice sentiment. Working as a plainclothes narcotics cop in the most high-voltage neighborhood in Manhattan, Detective Sergeant Mike Codella earned the nickname Rambo from the local dealers, as well as a $50,000 bounty on his head. The son of a cop who grew up in a mob neighborhood in Brooklyn, Codella understood the unwritten laws of the shadowy businesses that ruled the streets. He knew that the further east you got from the relative safety of Fifth Avenue, Washington Square Park, and NYU, the deeper you entered the sea of human misery, greed, addiction, violence, and all the things that come with an illegal retail drug trade run wild. With his partner, Gio, Codella made it his personal mission to put away Davey Blue Eyes - a stone-cold murderer and the head of Alphabet City's heroin supply chain. Despite the hell they endured - all the beatings and gunshots, the footchases, and close calls - Codella and Gio always saw Alphabet City the same way: worth saving.

Alphaville, Codella's riveting, no-holds-barred memoir, resurrects the vicious streets that Davey Blue Eyes owned and tells the story of how Codella bagged the so-called Forty Thieves that surrounded Davey, slowly working his way to the head of the snake one scale at a time. With the blistering narrative spirit of The French Connection, the insights of a seasoned insider, and a relentless voice that reads like the city's own, Alphaville is at once the story of a dedicated New York cop and of New York City itself.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 12/4/2013

    " Hello New York City, 1980s!!! Totally digging this, the crime, the grime, the place I shoulda been.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allan | 10/16/2013

    " Interesting cop's eye view of crime in NYC. Lacks momentum at times due to continuous digressions from the main theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rafe Bartholomew | 9/13/2013

    " Some good details of Eighties/Early Nineties grime and crime in East Village/LES/Alphabet City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarra | 5/13/2013

    " Repetitive, yet still interesting, mostly because I grew up in NYC during the period that the author is writing about. Not in one of the projects but I was certainly aware of them, and I hung out a little bit in the Lower East Side and Tompkins Square Park before it got cleaned up and gentrified. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Treanor | 12/8/2012

    " This book is a winner. A great look at the 80's Lower East Side heroin trade through the eyes of one of the cops that was on the scene. Well-written and honest. I could read ten of these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Costa | 11/1/2012

    " Great book. Fast paced, hard core true crime saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/13/2012

    " The story of one cop's battle against heroin dealers on the lower east side in the late 1980s. Brutally honest and action packed and throughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/11/2012

    " This is another book I listened to on my iPod. It was a great listen - narrated with a true-life Brooklyn accent - and an inside look into policing the Lower East Side's Alphabet City in the 1980s. Great characters, well-described. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bazbal666 | 4/9/2012

    " Cops and robbers, NYC and the 80's. Nuf said "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sami | 3/6/2012

    " A New York City cops "no holds barred" look back at the fight against heroin in the worst parts of New York. The best 'true crime' book I have read so far. I couldn't put it down and left wanting for more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milah | 2/1/2012

    " Great book. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Maxwell | 10/27/2011

    " Solid street-level biography of Canarsie kid turned NYPD Housing cop turned drug cop on the lower east side. Good details, excellent atmosphere, plenty of rule-bending fun for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Peters | 8/27/2011

    " A great portrait of Alphabet City and the heroin trade there in the 1980s. Lots of good background and historical info presented in an engaging style. "

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