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In this captivating work, Richard Stanley Cagan exposes the saga of New York City narcotics detective Michael Palermo and his ties to the world of organized crime. Kevin Stillwell gives a tremendous performance, intoning with a grit and vigor that serves to enhance these scenes of NYPD corruption and the intrigue of underground crime families. He is especially adept at portraying the various characters that appear throughout, making each one distinct and memorable. Like classic New York film noir such as The French Connection, Mafia Cop places the listener in the middle of all the heart-stopping action.

Summary

Detective Michael Palermo built his career on his unique ability to inhabit two worlds at once: the world of law enforcement and the underworld of New York’s crime family organizations. Palermo participated in over 2,000 arrests while maintaining close relationships with the kingpins of organized crime - ties that allowed him to stay one step ahead of the rest of the New York City Police Department.

This true crime drama takes you inside the police force at its most corrupt and into the dark and dirty world of dons, consiglieres, underbosses, button men, soldiers, and cowboys.

©2013 Richard Cagan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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not the best.

narrative was dull did not grip me like others of the same type. would not go for it.

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Nice story

Story is light on facts such as saying Nicky Barnes was murdered also not that much depth of research into it

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Brilliant book, very captivating.

I will admit that I nearly turned the book off in the beginning because I felt like I was stuck in an over discriptive whirlwind. However this was just part of the intro and one chapter 1 began I was hooked from the start.
This book had me waiting in the car at various destinations, just to conclude what was going off in the story, before I could turn it off and go about my day.

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Really dull narration.

Having just finished Mafia Butcher this one is way too dull and hard to listen to, needs new narration.

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  • Karen
  • 09-04-16

phenomenal book

the narrator was awesome. the story was exciting and intriguing. the action and drama never stopped. cool characters and life lessons. I highly recommend this book

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  • The Rzo
  • 04-01-15

Good story, great narrator.

Definitely kept my attention. The narrator is so good and consistent, that it's actually like listening to various characters interacting. Good story too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

Surprise

Truly a random selection from the “ included with membership” group. I fully enjoyed it. Thank you

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  • David D.
  • 15-03-21

Just keep going.

This was a painful book to get through. The first intro about the work with the Stones is pointless for the rest of the book. Most of it sounds like a bad movie, and the fact that he changed names of well known mobsters is pointless and frustrating ...made it difficult to keep track of the story in time. Props to the narrator. He did a great job with trying to make the individuals standout, although some of the accents were a bit cliche, but it’s difficult working with mediocre material. In my opinion, these stories are largely false or inflated to make the subject look good, or they are true and he’s dirty. I don’t believe for a second he did all that and didn’t take bribes or kickbacks. For its length, pass on to something more interesting. If you care about the mafia, I recommend Five Families by Selwyn Rabb for a great history.

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  • Colleen T. Mizeres
  • 09-12-20

Worth your time, indeed

This true crime story is captivating from the start. It's an eye-opening rendering of the way it really was back in the 1960's in the
Bronx, NY. Sometimes doing good, gets you good.

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  • jim
  • 03-04-16

Made up names, not accurate

Don't order of your looking for a true and accurate story. Somewhat entertaining but not being 100% real ruined it

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  • Cj
  • 21-02-22

Clay & Honor

I LOVED LOVED LOVED listening to this. It has the makings of a great movie!!

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  • David Gray
  • 03-02-22

Justifying your crimes

Its crazy for him to think that he was not a criminal. 10,000 payoffs looking the other way for white mafia friends. In my own opinion and listening closely to this audio. He definitely didn't care for blacks. If you claim to be a good cop. A crime is a crime weather they be black our white.

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  • James
  • 30-01-22

What a story

This book had it all, ups and downs. Wise guys and cops. Dons and drug dealers. And one man that had a foot in each world.

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  • Owlman2
  • 06-01-22

I tried my best to get through this....

Try though I might, I just couldn't keep track of what was going on. Too many changes of perspective, too many characters, too many pronouns, no particular chronology. I don't understand how a book so poorly written could get published. The narrator did a good job of trying to subtly alter his reading of the different characters, but that could only do so much. I finally gave up five hours in, which I don't do lightly.

It might have been easier to follow as a traditional book, but in audio form I do not recommend.