The classic story of three generations of New York City Police is 'The Godfather of the men in blue' (Saturday Review), and a Great Read.
New York City: from 1937 to the 1970s, the NYPD owned the streets, and the Irish owned the NYPD. Officers ruled their beat, fighting crime the way they wanted, and bending the law to take what they could. There was only one rule: look after your own.
When Sergeant Brian O Malley s prostitute lover pushed him out of a window, his friends in the police cover up the details and give him a hero s funeral. His eldest son is encouraged to join the boys in the force, but as he rises the ranks he realises that all favours must be repaid, whatever the repercussions.
'The Godfather of the men in blue' - Saturday Review
'This riveting blockbuster has everything' - Publishers Weekly
'From bootlegging days to today's drug crimes, the language and the action are tough, very tough' - Daily Express
'Racily told . . . it has the ring of truth' - Sunday Times
'Rough and tough and authentic' - New York Times
'exciting and absorbing' - Philadelphia Bulletin
'Readable and compelling' - Los Angeles Times
'Courage and corruption abound . . . the opening chapters are some of the rawest sex-wise I have ever read' - Yorkshire Post
A native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx, Dorothy Uhnak (1930-2006) attended the City College of New York and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice before becoming one of the New York Police Departments first female recruits in 1953. She wrote a memoir detailing her experiences, Police Woman, before creating the semi-autobiographical character of Christie Opara, who features in The Bait, The Witness and The Ledger. Opara is the only woman on the District Attoney's Special Investigations Squad, and applies the same cool, methodical approach to hunting down criminals as she does to raising a child on her own and navigating complex relationships with her colleagues. During her 14 years in the NYPD Uhnak was promoted three times and twice awarded medals for services 'above and beyond'; she also earned the department's highest commendation, the Outstanding Police Duty Bar. Her writing was equally highly regarded: The Bait was widely praised by critics, and won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery of 1968. Dorothy Uhnak died in Greenport, New York, and is survived by her daughter Tracy.