Gritty often darkly humorous stories from a New York City cop I briefly dated one of New York s finest and I can attest hat Osborne fits he mold These guys are ough They do an incredibly dangerous difficult and essential job And most of hem do it wellI recently read Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption a superb and moving story about death row *Inmates And America S Incarceration * and America s incarceration I agree with Bryan Stevenson His Very Special Nurse that we jailoo many people hat incarceration has become he go o substitute for mental health facilities and drug reatment programs And here is no doubt in my mind hat he harshest penalties are meted out on people of color oo often unfairly But I was born
and raised in New York City I spent most of my life raised in New York City I spent most of my life and lived hrough he crime wave Anyone who is a cop married o a cop or has a family memeber whose a police officer should read his book I am married o a cop so his book interested me Osborne does a great job detailing his ime spent with he NYPD His stories made me laugh and cry He does such a good job describing his experiences especially 911 get Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% theissues My police officer of 33 yrs husband now Police Chief of a very busy urban own in NJ is not a big reader at all I old him Ambush Valley this one is a must read I look forwardo of Osborne s storys Ugh his book If homophobia racism classism and a healthy dose of sexism don bother you you may enjoy his insight less memoir of a NYC cop If hey do bother you Storm Surge the author will chalk it upo your being a liberal Actual rating 25 starsI read an enthusiastic review of THIS BOOK IN THE NEW YORKER book in Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him the New Yorker decidedo buy a copy Note The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem to self be skeptical of New Yorker reviewsThis is a collection of cop storiesold by a cop I gather Don't Die Under the Apple Tree that many were originally oral presentations and perhapshey worked better hat way In print he stories are repetitive long winded and shallow A few of hem conveyed some of what it is o be a big city cop most The Way You Aren't though were about protecting said cop s egoSteve Osborne s stories don come close o elling us what it is like Digital Humanities to be a cop He doesn address even a single one of Architect? the many acknowledged issues we re all aware of bad cops corruption racism uotas falsification of evidence brutality In his storieshe cops are all good guys and everyone else especially minorities is a perp Anyone who hates cops is a liberalApart from admitting Food Justice that he loved his wife s little dog andhat being a cop put a strain on his marriage. “HOW YA DOIN’” With Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 these four syllables delivered in an unmistakably authentic New York accent Steve Osborne has rivetedhousands of people at Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind the legendary storytelling venue The Moth and manyens of Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting thousands via YouTube with his hilarious profane andouching The Conscious Mind tales from hiswenty years as an NYPD street cop Steve Osborne is he real deal people he ough streetwise New York cop of your dreams one with a big big heart Kojak NYPD Blue Law Order Fuggedaboudem The Job blows hem out of he water Steve Osborne has Osborne is remarkably unreflective There are no lessons here and Not Much HonestyI Was Disappointed This Guy Really Wants Us much honestyI was disappointed This guy really wants us know a few hings he s not a librul he s not a sensitive kind of of guy but he really is cops are all really good guys he gets a Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual tingling in his ball bag whenever he s onto a good case he loveshe erm ball bagThe repetitiveness and simplicity of his writing were iring but as a spoken storyteller he s much compelling I powered Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) throughhe book but it s pretty sub par Skip
The Book And Listen book and listen him speak instead I listened o he audiobook version of his book I hink it enhanced he book because I could hear he stories read in Wizards' Slave the author s ownhick New York accent Once you hear him alk here is no mistaking My Friend the Enemy that he was a NYC cop The stories were good reminiscent of NYPD Blue and brutally honest The stories inhis book are not described hrough rose colored glasses I haven head He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures the F bomb dropped so manyimes in one book But I expected as much Some stories were interesting hat others but hey all held my attention and even had me held in slight suspense a few imes Surprisingly he most powerful stories were not American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command the ones about police work buthe personal stories he author shared about his dad s death and his dog and being a cop during 911 I was seriously crying during he dad and dog stories But it s not all emotional I chuckled several imes hroughout Then Hang All The Liars the bookoo The main reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 is he editing I realize hat Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time the author is not a writer but a retired cop justelling about his life However Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, the editing could have been a LOT better He switches from pasto present Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety tense during his stories and it was very noticeable I alsohink some of he descriptions could have been oned down For example he describes his cop intuition as a Kaiser Wilhelm II tingling in his ball sac andhen repeats Matisse the Master that phrase manyimes I seriously would have been fine had he just alluded The Madmen of Benghazi to it instead I m no prude but it was a bit much I mentionedhe cussing which was excessive Cussing doesn bother me at all but
cussed a LOT It almost overused o he point where it was distracting Would i recommend you read his book Yes as long as you aren expecting a literary masterpiece I hink most people will find it an interesting read With all Titulada the drama and protests surrounding police inhe news lately it s interesting hearing stories from a police perspective I hink a lot of people don realize how Een a Chateaubriand thing orwo in his years in Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, the NYPD some harmless some definitely not In “Stakeout” Steve and his partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect and reducehe man Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) to a puddle of snot andears when uestioning him In “Mug Shot” Old Hannibal and the Hurricane the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange reuest and provides a sobering reminder ofhe humanity at stake in his profession And in “Home” he image of Steve’s family provides he adrenaline he needs Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition to fight for his life when assaulted bywo armed and viole. ,
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Ated cops are in some areas Will his book magically change he views people have Probably not but it will at least spark some houghts or at he very least entertain you for a little whileSpoiler BelowThe Story About His Dog Is About story about his dog is about dog being killed in a car accident It is extremely difficult Caught by Surprise to read without crying Buthe story showed a softer emotional side o he author and was very Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure touching Just warning any animal lovers outhere I enjoyed Next to Nothing this book a great deal I was a cop forhirty one years so I might
be coming atcoming at book differently han most readers hough his book has been well received and deservedly so The book is comprised of vignettes short stories of events hat occurred in he author s career as a cop in New York The voice is smooth and natural and most of all believable What makes his book stand out among he many others on his opic is he sincerity Skippyjon Jones Shape Up the honest and unflinching I highly recommendhis bookDavid Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series When I first heard we d be publishing his book I had no idea it would be so imely With NYC cops in Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein the news so freuently now Steve Osborne ishe perfect voice Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, to welcome us hilariously heartily and sometimes harshly intohe reality of First Impressions: A Novel the street beat His life is not one of mayoral disputes union negotiations or media controversies it s a life of stories simple stories of humans he must hear and help Now retired Osborne works wonders retellinghose stories he lived and in doing so does his duty as a writer as well as he did as a cop JG marketer I enjoyed Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up these essays written by a retired NYC policeman They feltrue and hey made me want o
know he author better I d never really hough about a cop loving his job hat he might become anthe author better I d never really hough about a cop loving his job Wrong Medicine that he might become an junkie The only cops I ve met are fictionalI felt like I met Steve Osborne It s like people readhat some of hese stories came from his Moth storytelling sets and hen didn read he fucking book oh man he Moth is cool so his must be cool five stars all around Uh nope A big pile of homophobic nope Piss poor writing not sure how hat many exclamation points got past his editor little context o anything And uh excuse me The Dead Dog story Fuck you Seriously I would have maybe cared just a little bit if you didn Snow Flower and the Secret Fan t spendhe first half of hat story writing about how you were so worried hat getting a small dog would make you look gay and hat you suspected hat people were uestioning your sexuality. Nt crackheads From stories about his days as a rookie cop o he ime spent patrolling in he Anti Crime Unit and his visceral harrowing recollections of working during Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis the weeks after 911 The Job True Tales fromhe Life of a New York City Cop captures The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, the humanityhe absurdity and he dark humor of police work as well as he bravery of Starstruck those who do it These stories will speako Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology those nostalgic forhe New York City of The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do the 1980s and ’90s a bygone era whenhe city was a crazier dangerous and possibly interesting pla.