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A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior

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Publisher Comments:

Joey O'Shay is not the real name of the narcotics agent in an unnamed city in the center of the country. But Joey O'Shay exists. The nearly three hundred drug busts he has orchestrated over more than two decades are real, too; if the drug war were a declared war, O'Shay would have a Silver Star.

With nerves and mastery worthy of his subject, Charles Bowden follows O'Shay as he sets in motion his latest conquest, a $50 million heroin deal that originates in Colombia and has federal agents sitting at attention from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to New York City. As it unfolds, O'Shay reveals the unerring instinct and ceaseless vigilance that have led him through minefields and brought down kingpins. But now they have led him to a place where it isn't so clear who the heroes are or what the fight has been for. And still the warrior fights on, in a murky and unforgiving landscape readers will not be able to forget.

Review:

"Readers drawn into the brutal and corrupt realities of the war on drugs in Bowden's much-acclaimed Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family (2002) are likely to be disappointed by his latest foray into that world. Bowden begins with a brilliantly lyrical opening chapter, replete with vivid descriptions of the unnamed city where most of the action is set, bringing its sounds, smells and throbbing pulse to life. But the promise of that introduction to the narcotics agent referred to only by his pseudonym, Joey O'Shay, is unfulfilled; the evolution of a multimillion-dollar heroin deal is uncompelling and not always easy to follow, and O'Shay is ultimately unsympathetic. In fact, many will have difficulty parsing his frequent interior monologues to get a clear picture of which side of the law he's really on, and the numerous references to the themes of Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl's landmark Man's Search for Meaning in the drug agent's life hint at a psychological depth that's not fully developed. The hazards of undercover work and the strains on the agent's sanity and conscience have all been portrayed before in memoirs like that of the FBI's Mafia infiltrator Joe Pistone, and O'Shay's story feels more like an unaired episode of Miami Vice than something new and noteworthy. Agent, Anderson/Grinberg Literary Management. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"O'Shay's story is told in a revealing, sometimes emotional manner, well conveyed. The writing style is much more literary than many other books in this genre. Recommended..." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] fascinating personal story about a man whose search for meaning in his life makes him reject his life's work." Washington Post

Review:

"[O]verwrought, dense and melodramatic....The author not only obscures his major themes but also fails to establish a human, sympathetic character." Miami Herald

Review:

"A Shadow in the City portrays an elusive underworld in the perfect tones of a dream. It is a story full of courage — of bravery that belongs not merely to the embattled agent who is the subject here, but also to the great Charles Bowden for his insistence on nonfiction, and the continuing purity of his work." William Langewiesche, author of American Ground

Review:

"I was only a dozen pages into A Shadow in the City before I sensed the book was growing ice cubes in my stomach and brain. No writer casts a colder and more perceptive eye on our culture than Chuck Bowden. This is a look at drug enforcement that leaves you wishing it was a novel so it wouldn't be true. The hero, Joey O'Shay, is an artist in his own genre and has to be one of the hardest men in our history." Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

Synopsis:

"A fascinating personal story about a man whose search for meaning in his life makes him reject his life's work."--The Washington Post Book World
 
He calls himself Joey O'Shay, and he's a cop with a genius for the drug bust. But after more than two decades undercover, hes no longer so certain who the heroes of the drug war are, or what the fight is for. Still, he never feels so alive as when hes doing a deal. So this time he sets out to test himself against the elite of the drug business, the Colombians and their fine, pure heroin. Maybe hell finally meet his match. Maybe he'll put down this life and leave Joey OShay behind for good.

"This is a look at drug enforcement that leaves you wishing it was a novel so it wouldn't be true. The hero, Joey O'Shay, is an artist in his own genre and has to be one of the hardest men in our history."--Jim Harrison

 
"A Shadow in the City portrays an elusive underworld in the perfect tones of a dream. It is a story full of courage-of bravery that belongs not merely to the embattled agent who is the subject here, but also to the great Charles Bowden for his insistence on non-fiction, and the continuing purity of his work."--William Langewiesche, author of American Ground

Charles Bowden is a journalist whose work appears regularly in Harper's, GQ, and other national publications. He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed Down by the River, a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in Tucson.

Synopsis:

Joey O'Shay is a cop with a genius for the drug bust. But after more than two decades undercover, he's no longer so certain who the heroes of the drug war are, or what the fight is for. Still, he never feels so alive as when he's doing a deal. So this time he sets out to test himself against the elite of the drug business, the Colombians and their fine, pure heroin. Maybe he'll finally meet his match.

Charles Bowden, author of the critically acclaimed Down by the River, follows O'Shay as he sets the deal in motion. A Shadow in the City confirms Bowden's reputation as a bold, genre-bending chronicler of the underworld.

About the Author

Charles Bowden is a writer whose work appears regularly in Harper's, GQ, and other national publications. He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including Down by the River. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156032537
Subtitle:
Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior
Author:
Bowden, Charles
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Undercover operations
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Drug control--United States
Subject:
Drug enforcement agents - United States
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060703
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.7 lb

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Product details 336 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156032537 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers drawn into the brutal and corrupt realities of the war on drugs in Bowden's much-acclaimed Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family (2002) are likely to be disappointed by his latest foray into that world. Bowden begins with a brilliantly lyrical opening chapter, replete with vivid descriptions of the unnamed city where most of the action is set, bringing its sounds, smells and throbbing pulse to life. But the promise of that introduction to the narcotics agent referred to only by his pseudonym, Joey O'Shay, is unfulfilled; the evolution of a multimillion-dollar heroin deal is uncompelling and not always easy to follow, and O'Shay is ultimately unsympathetic. In fact, many will have difficulty parsing his frequent interior monologues to get a clear picture of which side of the law he's really on, and the numerous references to the themes of Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl's landmark Man's Search for Meaning in the drug agent's life hint at a psychological depth that's not fully developed. The hazards of undercover work and the strains on the agent's sanity and conscience have all been portrayed before in memoirs like that of the FBI's Mafia infiltrator Joe Pistone, and O'Shay's story feels more like an unaired episode of Miami Vice than something new and noteworthy. Agent, Anderson/Grinberg Literary Management. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "O'Shay's story is told in a revealing, sometimes emotional manner, well conveyed. The writing style is much more literary than many other books in this genre. Recommended..."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating personal story about a man whose search for meaning in his life makes him reject his life's work."
"Review" by , "[O]verwrought, dense and melodramatic....The author not only obscures his major themes but also fails to establish a human, sympathetic character."
"Review" by , "A Shadow in the City portrays an elusive underworld in the perfect tones of a dream. It is a story full of courage — of bravery that belongs not merely to the embattled agent who is the subject here, but also to the great Charles Bowden for his insistence on nonfiction, and the continuing purity of his work."
"Review" by , "I was only a dozen pages into A Shadow in the City before I sensed the book was growing ice cubes in my stomach and brain. No writer casts a colder and more perceptive eye on our culture than Chuck Bowden. This is a look at drug enforcement that leaves you wishing it was a novel so it wouldn't be true. The hero, Joey O'Shay, is an artist in his own genre and has to be one of the hardest men in our history."
"Synopsis" by ,
"A fascinating personal story about a man whose search for meaning in his life makes him reject his life's work."--The Washington Post Book World
 
He calls himself Joey O'Shay, and he's a cop with a genius for the drug bust. But after more than two decades undercover, hes no longer so certain who the heroes of the drug war are, or what the fight is for. Still, he never feels so alive as when hes doing a deal. So this time he sets out to test himself against the elite of the drug business, the Colombians and their fine, pure heroin. Maybe hell finally meet his match. Maybe he'll put down this life and leave Joey OShay behind for good.

"This is a look at drug enforcement that leaves you wishing it was a novel so it wouldn't be true. The hero, Joey O'Shay, is an artist in his own genre and has to be one of the hardest men in our history."--Jim Harrison

 
"A Shadow in the City portrays an elusive underworld in the perfect tones of a dream. It is a story full of courage-of bravery that belongs not merely to the embattled agent who is the subject here, but also to the great Charles Bowden for his insistence on non-fiction, and the continuing purity of his work."--William Langewiesche, author of American Ground

Charles Bowden is a journalist whose work appears regularly in Harper's, GQ, and other national publications. He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including the critically acclaimed Down by the River, a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in Tucson.

"Synopsis" by ,
Joey O'Shay is a cop with a genius for the drug bust. But after more than two decades undercover, he's no longer so certain who the heroes of the drug war are, or what the fight is for. Still, he never feels so alive as when he's doing a deal. So this time he sets out to test himself against the elite of the drug business, the Colombians and their fine, pure heroin. Maybe he'll finally meet his match.

Charles Bowden, author of the critically acclaimed Down by the River, follows O'Shay as he sets the deal in motion. A Shadow in the City confirms Bowden's reputation as a bold, genre-bending chronicler of the underworld.

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