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The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

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In the tradition of Serpico and Prince of the City, a brilliantly reported true story of power and betrayal in the NYPD set against the worlds of the Mafia and big-city politics.

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126 agreed to infiltrate a branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for successfully posing as a hit man and arms smuggler, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi — a veteran hood with an icy stare. Yet, once under cover, Armanti found that the wise guys he was chasing had access to classified police information. Stakes accelerated when the informant was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. Again and again, IAB's detectives compromised Armanti, to protect the powerful man's son, but even the Police Commissioner ignored the situation. But, like the fireman who took an oath to serve, Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was endangered.

David Kocieniewski, former New York Times Police Bureau Chief, reveals every moment of Armanti's effort to break through the wall enforced by the cops' top brass. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.

Review:

"[A] vital, incendiary epic of crime, cops, and corruption in New York City....[H]ard to put down." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The varied personal stories...range from poignant to intriguing and demonstrate a paradoxical familiarity between cops and criminals." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The Brass Wall is almost too juicy in its James Ellroy swagger to be believed." Village Voice

Synopsis:

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Lucchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival.

Synopsis:

"A modern-day Serpico."

-Entertainment Weekly (one of the 10 best books of 2003-nonfiction)

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for his past undercover work, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Then he found out that the wiseguys had access to classified police information. When the leak was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, IAB detectives compromised Armanti again and again to protect the powerful man's son. But Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger.

Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Serpico and Prince of the City, a brilliantly reported true story of power and betrayal in the NYPD set against the worlds of the Mafia and big-city politics

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126 agreed to infiltrate a branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for successfully posing as a hit man and arms smuggler, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie “Blue Eyes” Penisi—a veteran hood with an icy stare. Yet, once under cover, Armanti found that the wise guys he was chasing had access to classified police information. Stakes accelerated when the informant was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPDs Internal Affairs Bureau. Again and again, IABs detectives compromised Armanti, to protect the powerful mans son, but even the Police Commissioner ignored the situation. But, like the fireman who takes an oath to serve, Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was endangered.

David Kocieniewski, former New York Times Police Bureau Chief, reveals every moment of Armantis effort to break through the wall enforced by the cops top brass. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the greatest police classics.

About the Author

David Kocieniewski currently reports for The New York Times, where his stories frequently appear on the front page. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805065336
Subtitle:
The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126
Author:
Kocieniewski, David
Author:
Salata, Greg
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Undercover operations
Subject:
General True Crime
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-941
Publication Date:
20040801
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 6 hours
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
5.84 x 5.2 x 0.76 in

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Product details 328 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805065336 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] vital, incendiary epic of crime, cops, and corruption in New York City....[H]ard to put down."
"Review" by , "The varied personal stories...range from poignant to intriguing and demonstrate a paradoxical familiarity between cops and criminals."
"Review" by , "The Brass Wall is almost too juicy in its James Ellroy swagger to be believed."
"Synopsis" by , In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Lucchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A modern-day Serpico."

-Entertainment Weekly (one of the 10 best books of 2003-nonfiction)

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for his past undercover work, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Then he found out that the wiseguys had access to classified police information. When the leak was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, IAB detectives compromised Armanti again and again to protect the powerful man's son. But Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger.

Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the tradition of Serpico and Prince of the City, a brilliantly reported true story of power and betrayal in the NYPD set against the worlds of the Mafia and big-city politics

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126 agreed to infiltrate a branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for successfully posing as a hit man and arms smuggler, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie “Blue Eyes” Penisi—a veteran hood with an icy stare. Yet, once under cover, Armanti found that the wise guys he was chasing had access to classified police information. Stakes accelerated when the informant was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPDs Internal Affairs Bureau. Again and again, IABs detectives compromised Armanti, to protect the powerful mans son, but even the Police Commissioner ignored the situation. But, like the fireman who takes an oath to serve, Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was endangered.

David Kocieniewski, former New York Times Police Bureau Chief, reveals every moment of Armantis effort to break through the wall enforced by the cops top brass. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the greatest police classics.

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