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Betrayal in Blue Audiobook

Betrayal in Blue: The Shocking Memoir of the Scandal That Rocked the NYPD

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Publisher's Summary

NYPD officers Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell knew there were two ways to get rich quick in Brooklyn's Lower East Side. You either became drug dealers, or you robbed drug dealers. They decided to do both.

Dowd and Eurell ran the most powerful gang in New York's dangerous 75th Precinct, the crack cocaine capitol of 1980s America. These "Cocaine Cops" formed a lucrative alliance with Adam Diaz, the kingpin of an ever-expanding Dominican drug cartel. Soon Mike and Ken were buying fancy cars no cop could afford, and treating their wives to levels of luxury not associated with a patrol officer's salary.

They were daring, dangerous and untouchable; then the biggest police scandal in New York history exploded into the headlines with the arrest of Mike, Ken, and their fellow crooked cops. Released on bail, Mike offered Ken a long shot at escape to Central America; a bizarre plan involving robbery, kidnapping, and murder, forcing Ken to choose between two forms of betrayal.

When you lie, you steal the truth. Once you have stolen the truth, you can justify stealing anything from anybody. Adapted from Ken Eurell's shocking personal memoir, plus hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the major players, including former international drug lord Adam Diaz, and Dori Eurell, revealing the truth behind what you won't see in the hit documentary The Seven Five.

©2016 Burl Barer, Frank C. Girardot Jr., Ken Eurell (P)2016 WildBlue Press

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  • Polly Poizendem
    New Orleans
    17/12/16
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    "Bad Boys in Blue!"


    Imagine if the hoodlums that run YOUR neighborhood selling drugs, guns, doing robberies and shakedowns, etc... ALSO had police badges??? What a powerful (and profitable) position to be in!

    What are you going to do when you call the police about a robbery, and while "investigating" the incident, they pocket all your valuables (or drugs) that the thief overlooked? Your local crack dealer gets busted with a large amount of dope - well guess who's selling it now? Are your illegal *business activities* making more money than theirs? No problem - they will just come and take it over (and everything else too) ...and who are you going to report THAT to - the cops?

    Some of the NYPD did just that during the 80's and lived the "good life" until eventually getting caught. These were ordinary average wage cops just looking to "make some extra money" when they saw an opportunity, and they suuuure did. You won't believe some of the crazy things they got away with! Many close calls from those that *could* have discovered what they were up to, until that shiny badge was waived at them before anyone got too nosey.

    There were quite a few descriptions that made me chuckle out loud, and it's narrated in such a way (by the always awesome Kevin Pierce) that makes you feel as though you were there too, just hanging out with a beer and talking about "the good 'ol days"...all the while secretly wishing that you too were part of their inner circle at the time.

    Well done! Loved it - could even be a TV series: "Goodfella's ...NYPD". Lol

    I was gifted this in exchange for an honest review - Thank You Thank You!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tad B.
    New York
    14/02/17
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    "Terrifying..."
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    Absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is what I think of when I think about this book. After reading "Betrayal in Blue," I have never felt so unsafe, unprotected and scared (I live in NYC!). I imagine that things have changed in a huge way, but that doesn't make what really happened here on the NYPD any less terrifying. There is a lot of discussion on this topic today and I believe this case should be remembered as one where the "good guys" weren't good at all and, in fact, they wreaked havoc on the city they policed. Normally I prefer true crime of the murder variety but this was a really superb and welcome change of pace. Kevin Pierce is a master of true crime narration. I would recommend this story to any true crime lovers!

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Bourgeois
    Georgetown, Ontario Canada
    20/02/17
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    "Not convinced"

    This book provides a fascinating view into the New York drug world for this period of time. I still see it as an attempt to rationalize bad behaviour of some people by trying to paint police with a broad brush of corruption. There is no excuse for a lack of morality.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Glenview, IL, United States
    01/02/17
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    "Interesting Deep Dive into Police Corruption"

    With many true crime books you happily spend a few hours listening to the facts and details of the case, but find yourself at the end still trying to figure out exactly what made these people do the often heinous things they did. The authors of Betrayal in Blue certainly lay out all the facts, and the story itself is incredible, but they dig so deep and so honestly into the characters and the history of the NYPD and crime in New York that you come out really understanding the context, motives and environment the scandal occurred in. It helps that one of the authors was personally involved and the other authors are among the most respected writers in the genre. For instance, I thought one of the most surprising and interesting parts of the book was the storyline involving Ken Eurell's wife, Dori, and her love and loyalty to her husband through a situation that would destroy most couples. I'm not sure we could have gotten that aspect of the story with such candid, brutal and deeply personal honesty if both the actual participants and two professional reporters weren't all involved in telling the story.

    It may be my unfamiliarity with New York in the 80's, but at times the deep background into New York police and criminal history felt just a little too detailed, especially in the beginning, and I faded a little bit from the story. But the writing was so good and the narration so seamless that it always pulled me back in. And I'm glad it did, because I would have missed the roller coaster ride that followed. I've felt the same thing when I read some of the best books in the genre -- like Wambaugh's "The Onion Field" -- and this book paid off patience and persistence in much the same way.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge, but this is a book I would have bought from the description, read with relish and been very glad I did. If you are interested in crime, the police, the history of New York -- or the winding paths that can lead otherwise normal people to follow other people off a cliff, this is a fascinating, comprehensive exploration of all of those themes. Maybe the background went a little too deep for me occasionally, but it also proved to be one of the best aspects of this story. It set the stage for --- and gave a real human context to -- the facts, events and participants in this brutal, personal story of crime and corruption. Check it out, and hang in there if you're wondering when the crazy stuff will happen --- it definitely does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zara Quintana
    20/01/17
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    "Intriguing Retelling of History"
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    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Kevin Pierce does an excellent job performing and retelling this intriguing part of America and NYC's history of corruption in our trusted Police Departments. I'm no expert in history, but he authors seemed to have done a great job of gathering research and interviews, and then putting it all in a page-turning narrative. If you love to learn about events in our history, I highly recommend this book, especially in the audiobook format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/01/17
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    "Hard to believe"

    A gripping story from start to finish.easy to listen to good narration.made my journey to and from work very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue
    earth
    12/01/17
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    "The struggle to keep a Soul behind the badge"

    This is a eye opening look into the struggle that goes on behind the badge. This was a very interesting book and it made me stop and think about a different type of challenge that faces the men and women who choose to be Police officers.

    The axiom of "Power Corrupts" is still true. This book points out how that constant temptation along with the "Go along to get along" culture fostered the events that occurred back in the 1980's.

    The story is ear catching and the narrator does a wonderful job of keeping the listener in the moment. I had no trouble following the story and the various personalities.

    This was a very entertaining and thought provoking novel.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daman
    10/01/17
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    "Insightful and Informative on police corruption"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The nature and extent of corruption was eye-opening. I didn't realize the gravity of the situation until reading this.


    What about Kevin Pierce and Burl Barer ’s performance did you like?

    Kevin did a great job as usual. Burl was good too!


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Camilla
    27/12/16
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    "very interesting to know what /how they did it..."

    I liked this book. Some of the cops, that were involved told their side of the story. Great narration.


    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    27/12/16
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    "Fascinating inside look at police corruption"

    This was interesting and more than a little shocking. I was unaware of most of this. It's a fascinating inside look at police corruption.

    The narration was excellent. Great performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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