BAD COP by Paul Bacon


New York’s Least Likely Police Officer Tells All
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Ever wonder what would happen if George Costanza joined the NYPD?

Wonder no more. Freelance journalist Bacon, one of the millions of New Yorkers shaken to the core by the attacks of 9/11, decided to join the police force. He wanted to do his part to help both the city and society as a whole—despite the fact that he smoked weed, hated guns and had zero background in law enforcement. Off he went to the police academy, where he was tormented, teased and molded into some semblance of a police officer. Then Bacon took to the streets, where he and his partner dealt with bumbling criminals and cranky coworkers, all while gathering enough material to write a book. His debut is an episodic outing, a risky choice given that the nonlinear approach has doomed many a memoir, especially from first-time authors. But Bacon proves especially adept at set pieces, moving from scene to scene with such energy, confidence and good humor that the lack of a strong narrative arc never becomes a problem. Getting pepper-sprayed by his partner, conducting his first full-body search and his encounter with a child who insists that Bacon is Cap’n Crunch are among the notably funny sketches, and virtually every paragraph contains a joke or humorous observation—some gentle, some self-deprecating, some macabre, many profane.

Readable, original and memorable.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59691-159-8
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009