Books: Rhapsody In Blue

Tales of life on the Job from a Harvard-educated cop in the South Bronx

The junkie is tall and pale and goofy looking, in a T shirt and bike shorts, and Edward Conlon doesn't have a whole lot of obvious sympathy for him--he calls him Big Bird behind his back. Big Bird used to be an electrician till he realized his true calling, namely, shooting smack. A few days ago, one of Big Bird's fellow junkies conked him on the head with a chunk of concrete--the chunk is in Conlon's desk, in fact, with blood and hair still on it--and it's Conlon's job to find the guy who did it.

Conlon is a detective in...

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