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Serpico

The cop who defied the system

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This edition was published in by Viking Press in New York.

Written in English

314 pages

The biography of NYPD Officer Frank Serpico.

The 1960s was a time of social and generational upheaval felt with particular intensity in the melting pot of New York City. A culture of corruption pervaded the New York Police Department, where payoffs, protection, and shakedowns of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common practice. The so-called blue code of silence protected the minority of crooked cops from the sanction of the majority.

Into this maelstrom came a working class, Brooklyn-born, Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet. Frank Serpico was a man who couldn't be silenced -- or bought -- and he refused to go along with the system. He had sworn an oath to uphold the law, even if the perpetrators happened to be other cops. For this unwavering commitment to justice, Serpico nearly paid with his life.

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Serpico
2005, Perennial
in English - 1st Perennial ed.
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Serpico
2000, HarperTorch
in English
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Serpico
1990, Rizzoli
in Italian
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Serpico
1977, Fontana
in English
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Serpico: The cop who defied the system
1973, Viking Press
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Serpico

The cop who defied the system

First published in 1973



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The biography of NYPD Officer Frank Serpico.

The 1960s was a time of social and generational upheaval felt with particular intensity in the melting pot of New York City. A culture of corruption pervaded the New York Police Department, where payoffs, protection, and shakedowns of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common practice. The so-called blue code of silence protected the minority of crooked cops from the sanction of the majority.

Into this maelstrom came a working class, Brooklyn-born, Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet. Frank Serpico was a man who couldn't be silenced -- or bought -- and he refused to go along with the system. He had sworn an oath to uphold the law, even if the perpetrators happened to be other cops. For this unwavering commitment to justice, Serpico nearly paid with his life.

Serpico

The cop who defied the system

This edition was published in by Viking Press in New York.


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Dewey Decimal Class
363.2/092/4, B
Library of Congress
HV7911.S4 M3

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL5298433M
Internet Archive
serpicomaas00maas
ISBN 10
0670634980
LC Control Number
72079002
OCLC/WorldCat
621098
Library Thing
83281
Goodreads
529639

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