WORKING VICE by Tamar Hosansky


The Gritty True Story of Lt. Lucie J. Duvall
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 Splendid, detailed account of a woman's rise from one of the first woman street cops in the country to the head of Cleveland's vice squad. After lawsuits in 1972 by the Women's Law Fund compelled the city of Cleveland to hire women for zone patrol, Lucie J. Duvall signed for the police examination on a lark. No one was more surprised than she to find herself several months later graduated from the Police Academy and assigned to a precinct--the only woman on the roster. Duvall ran into a blue wall of resentment and worse--officers feared for their safety patrolling with a woman partner. But on one of her first calls, feisty, 98-lb. Duvall disarmed a huge man waving a pistol and began to build her reputation for sharpness and plenty of moxie. The higher-ups took notice and she was transferred to vice, working as a decoy in a prostitution crackdown. Crime-experts Hosansky and Sparling's account of Duvall's rise to command is chockablock with one fascinating, bizarre, macabre vice case after another. The serial rapist who wore an orange-and-black Halloween mask, cutting the clothes off couples with a bowie knife and forcing them to have sex with one another; the rapist who was traced by means of a ``penis composite''; the house searches into the depths of pederasts' madness--all provide a view of police-work unequalled in recent memory. In 1984, Duvall founded a new unit--Sex Crimes, whose mission is rape and violent assault, child abuse and pornography. Considered a ``professional's professional, but...also a person's person'' by her colleagues, she presently supervises 15 detectives and 1600 felony investigations a year. First-rate biography, and a fresh platter for true-crime epicureans. (B&w photo insert--not seen.)

Pub Date: July 29th, 1992
ISBN: 0-06-016679-7
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1992


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