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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Kocieniewski Narrator: Greg Salata Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the tradition of Serpico and Prince of the City, a brilliantly reported true story of power and betrayal in the NYPD set against the worlds of the Mafia and big-city politics In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126 agreed to infiltrate a branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for successfully posing as a hit man and arms smuggler, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Yet, once under cover, Armanti found that the wise guys he was chasing had access to classified police information. Stakes accelerated when the informant was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. Again and again, IAB's detectives compromised Armanti, to protect the powerful man's son, but even the Police Commissioner ignored the situation. But, like the fireman who takes an oath to serve, Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was endangered. David Kocieniewski, former New York Times Police Bureau Chief, reveals every moment of Armanti's effort to break through the wall enforced by the cops' top brass. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the greatest police classics.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Isaac Rodriguez | 3/17/2011

    " Very insightful and entrancing look into the world the organized crime and the dangerous life of undercover detective work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim Willse | 2/8/2008

    " Just catching up with this, although written a few years ago. David K. does great job with a reporter's dream -- a full case file from a pissed-off cop, complete with wiretap transcripts. As a result, it's all on the record. Great narrative of how NYPD stonewalled one of its own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shayne | 1/6/2006

    " This book had grammatical mistakes and typos all throughout. It made it difficult to read. "

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