COP TO CALL GIRL by Norma Jean Almodovar


Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living as a Beverly Hills Prostitute
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 The title should read Cop to Call Girl to Confessor, since Almodovar--who quit the LAPD in 1982 in order to hook--has apparently given up the life in order to tell all ``and make millions of dollars.'' The money may be forthcoming--but critical raves likely won't. It's not that Almodovar doesn't have an interesting story to tell; it's that she tells it with a whine of aggrieved innocence- -and with little knack for organization or drama. Sexually abused as a child, she joined the LAPD in 1972 only to observe rampant police corruption (though not so rampant as to inspire her to quit, or to report the cops who were having sex with underage Explorer Scouts). Ten years later, a disabling accident impelled her to seek other work--prostitution: ``I could choose my own hours, see only men I liked, and go to the finest restaurants with my clients. And I loved sex. What more could I ask for?'' The author took to whoring with gusto, and, for all its X-rated luridness, the liveliest portion of her rambling, time-leaping narrative details her sessions with ``clients,'' such as the stockbroker for whom she posed as Julia Child cooking a chicken in the nude. But while Almodovar was hooking, she was also writing an exposÇ of the LAPD, with an emphasis on cops' sexual practices. It was her threat of such revelations, she claims, that in 1986 got her nailed on a charge of pandering (freed after several months, Almodovar broke probation--or so said the court; ``a blatant vendetta,'' she claimed at the time). Released for good in 1989, Almovodar finally finished her exposÇ--this book--which also presents her poetry: ``Prithee tell me, my fair lass/How fares a cop in bed?/Does he sit you on your ass?/While he stands upon his head?'' T'is no pity she was a whore--but a writer she is not. (Photographs--not seen)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-79425-6
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993


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