Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Other Chicago Mob by Verne Elliot Glassman

Subtitle: The True Story of Gary Cohen Man in Blue.

Gary was a Chicago police officer from 1966 to 1988. Enough years have passed now that he feels comfortable talking about the way it was - which was NOT the way it should be.

Crime was rampant in Chicago (still is to be honest), and Mayor Daley wanted to slow and stop all the crime he could, so he instructed the police to get out there and DO IT.

While the concept of fighting crime is a good one, when the Mayor lets the leash go on the cops and they have freedom to end it how they wish, the outcome will not be a good one.

This book names names, Gary includes the exploits in his cop life and has admitted he did bad things, too.

While there was much public outcry and newspaper reporting about the issue, this is an inside look at how the boys in blue operated and can make you wonder if one side was any better than the other.

It reads with a good flow, the stories are short and pithy, and you have to admire someone who tell about his own transgressions as well as others.

If you'd like my ARC of this book, leave a comment here on the blog and send me an email to info NOSPAM (take out the spaces and no spam) with your name and address and why you'd like to read the book. I'll pick a winner in about a week.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book and I would love to read it.

shari said...

Sounds like a great book and I would love to read it.