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On any given day, Janice Itwaru might be found trolling the streets of Queens for drugs. Janice is an “uncle”—an undercover narcotics officer—trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detective, or be sent back down to uniformed patrol. So Janice is out there in her secondhand hoochie skirt, trying to get potential drug dealers—criminals, addicts, dumb kids, whomever—to commit a felony on her behalf.

Other days are spent in the “Rumpus Room” at the precinct, trying to keep up with the bantering lies and inventively cruel pranks of her fellow uncles while coping with the insane demands of the big bosses. With an ailing mother at home, her cover nearly blown, four more buys to get her gold shield and rumors circulating that Internal Affairs has her unit under surveillance, Janice is running very short on luck as her quota deadline approaches. Now she has to decide which evil to confront: the faceless bureaucrats at One Police Plaza or the violent drug dealers who may already be onto her identity.

Bursting with the glorious chaos of the streets of New York, Uncle Janice is an uproariously funny portrait of how undercover cops really talk and act and a compelling story of their crazy, dangerous, and often nonsensical lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smart, funny, big-hearted, and utterly entertaining—this is an apt description of both Uncle Janice the novel and Janice Itwaru the character. Matt Burgess is a gifted and generous storyteller; Uncle Janice is a triumph.”

    Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins

  • Uncle Janice is a lowdown masterful contribution to urban American lit, charismatically written with terrific sly humor and a joyous dead-on ear. An addictive read, one of those books you wish would never end.”

    Richard Price, New York Times bestselling author of Lush Life

  • “Like Richard Price and the late, great Elmore Leonard, Matt Burgess is one of those cool, quick, and funny writers who can turn a seemingly routine crime caper into something special.”

    Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Monkey

  • “This is a terrific novel because Janice is terrific, a brilliantly realized character. She’s strong, vulnerable, funny, maddening, human, and just great.”

    Roddy Doyle, New York Times bestselling author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

  • Uncle Janice is…comic and enthralling, always surprising, and unexpectedly touching. The eye, ear, voice, and heart of this novel are bulletproof. Whoever the hell Matt Burgess is, dude does not sleep for one sentence. Neither will you.”

    Charles Bock, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children

  • “Matt Burgess has claimed a slice of New York City as his own…Uncle Janice is an agile copy story with a disarming main character, a sophisticated understanding of police work, and a bracingly specific sense of time and place…a confident and convincing novel.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “[A] gripping, well-written book…[Burgess] has a finely honed eye and a gift for rendering street-smart dialogue that is both credible and comic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The multicultural stew pot that is contemporary Queens is served up steaming in this pungently uproarious novel…Less a conventionally plotted procedural than an anecdotal stream of harrowing encounters, scatological slapstick, and polychromatic repartee.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred reviews)

  • “Outstanding…This fresh take on the cop novel genre retains the madcap energy of Elmore Leonard’s best fiction while introducing the most irresistible police precinct this side of Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] vivid portrayal of life on the streets, which swings from funny to gut-tighteningly suspenseful…A tour de force.”

    Booklist

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