Blue Blood

Version: Unabridged
Author: Edward Conlon
Narrator: Tom Stechschulte
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: July 2004
# of Units: 23 CDs
Length: 28 hours
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Here is the life of a New York City police officer, with the NYPD running through his veins--a highly anticipated nonfiction epic destined to be a classic. Blue Blood is an important book about what it means to protect, to serve, and to defend among the ranks of New York's finest. Edward Conlon's canvas is great and complicated--he is fourth generation NYPD--and the story he tells is impossibly rich: it presents an anecdotal history of New York through its police force, and depicts a vivid portrait of the teeming street life of the city in all its horror and splendor. It is a story about fathers and sons, partners who become brothers, old ghosts and undying legacies. Here you will see terms like loyalty, commitment, and honor come to life, in action, on a daily basis. With brio and a thrilling literary style, Conlon depicts his life on the force-from his first days walking a beat in the South Bronx, to his ascent to detective. The pace is relentless, the stories hypnotic, the scope nothing less than grand. Blue Blood is a bona fide literary masterpiece.

Reviews (1)

Really great

Written by Anonymous on February 19th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is not a 2 star book nor is it a mystery or a thriller. More like a 5 star memoir. This and the book Dry were my two favorite books a couple of years ago. Even though Blue Blood was 28 hours, I have listened to it twice and about to listen again. Very well written and extremely interesting to get a feel for real cop life, cop humor, etc. Not a shoot em story but a really interesting human interest book. Narrator does a great job too. I very highly recommend this book.

Author Details

Author Details

Conlon, Edward

Ed Conlon was a detective with the New York City Police Department. A graduate of Harvard, he has published articles in The New Yorker and Harper's and his work has been included in The Best American Essays. He is the author of a memoir, Blue Blood, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a New York Times bestseller. Having since retired from service, Ed is currently the Director of Editorial Services under the Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Communications.