“How ya doin?” With these four syllables, delivered in an
unmistakably authentic New York accent, Steve Osborne has riveted
thousands of people through the legendary storytelling outfit The Moth
(and many tens of thousands more via YouTube) with his hilarious,
profane, and touching tales from his twenty years served as an NYPD
street cop. Steve Osborne is the real deal, people, the tough streetwise
New York cop of your dreams, one with a big big heart. Kojak? NYPD Blue? Law & Order? Fuggedaboutem! The Job blows them out of the water with this unputdownable book.
Osborne has seen a thing or two in his twenty years in the NYPD—some
harmless things, some definitely not. In “Stakeout,” Steve and his
partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect and
reduce the man down to a puddle of snot and tears when questioning him.
In “Mug Shot,” the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange
request and provides a sobering reminder of the humanity at stake in his
profession. And in “Home,” the image of his family provides the
adrenaline he needs to fight for his life when assaulted by two armed
and violent crackheads.
From his days as a rookie cop to the time spent
patrolling in the Anti-Crime Unit—and his visceral, harrowing
recollections of working during 9/11—Steve Osborne’s stories capture
both the absurdity of police work and the bravery of those who do it.
His stories will speak to those nostalgic for the New York City of the
1980s and ’90s, a bygone era of when the city was a crazier, more
dangerous (and possibly more interesting) place. Download and start listening now!