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The Wagon and Other Stories from the City (Chicago Visions and Revisions)

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Martin Preib is an officer in the Chicago Police Department—a beat cop whose first assignment as a rookie policeman was working on the wagon that picks up the dead. Inspired by Preibs daily life on the job, The Wagon and Other Stories from the City chronicles the outer and inner lives of both a Chicago cop and the city itself.

The book follows Preib as he transports body bags, forges an unlikely connection with his female partner, trains a younger officer, and finds himself among people long forgotten—or rendered invisible—by the rest of society. Preib recounts how he navigates the tenuous labyrinths of race and class in the urban metropolis, such as a domestic disturbance call involving a gang member and his abused girlfriend or a run-in with a group of drunk yuppies. As he encounters the real and imagined geographies of Chicago, the city reveals itself to be not just a backdrop, but a central force in his narrative of life and death. Preibs accounts, all told in his breathtaking prose, come alive in ways that readers will long remember.

About the Author

Martin Preib is an officer with the Chicago Police Department. His essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and Tin House.

 

 

Table of Contents

Body Bags

 The Wagon

 The Chorus

 Studio Apartments

 City Limits

 Essential Services

 Single- Room Occupancy

 

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226679822
Author:
Preib, Martin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Visions and Revisions
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Law Enforcement
History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Crime » Enforcement and Investigation
History and Social Science » Crime » General
History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » World History » General

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