'The difference between a good detective and a successful criminal is paper thin' - CID induction lecture'
Welcome to the Criminal Investigation Department, aka the Crime Factory. Where the cops take and sell drugs (or steal them from the police storeroom); where they fit up, 'verbal' and harrass criminals, fight each other, drink-drive, abuse search warrants, have sex with sources, stab one another in the back (metaphorically), put each other under surveillance; abuse every aspect of their power, take bribes, cover up scandals, massage crime stats, and leak sensitive information to the The Crime Factory. Where they perform life-saving medical care in the street, comfort people as they die, deal with gruesome suicides and murders as first-on-scene, attend cot-death post-mortems, examine rotting dead junkies for signs of murder, watch guilty rapists and paedophiles walk free, fight drunk soldiers, gypsies and various psychotic individuals, go undercover to catch scumbags who force-feed them crack, find missing children, arrest thieves, muggers, dealers, rapists and murderers...The Crime Factory. It's enough to drive anyone insane.
The first book of its kind, this is the unforgettable and explosive true story of what life is really like as a police detective in the twenty-first century. Officer 'A' spent twelve years as a police officer, ten of which were as a CID detective. He resigned from the police in April 2010 and currently consults in private security and co-owns a successful business.
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It is an accurate picture of policing today and the highs and lows it contains. I may have enjoyed it more than most as I have a recent Police background but I think it could also be enjoyed by others.
It is obvious that Damien McIntyre (Officer A) still has a real axe to grind against Surrey but it is a real rollercoaster of a story. I think the issues of PTSD and burnout are relevant to anyone on a high pressure job environment and there are plenty of those inside and outside the Police.
Haven't read anything like this before.
It is non-fiction so this question isn't relevant but Mr Lynch reads it well and is easy on the ears.
I bought it for a couple of quid in the sale and definitely would never have selected it otherwise. I would have missed a treat. If you like autobiographies written by 'real' people as opposed to celebrities then I recommend you buy this. If you are thinking about going into the Police service then this should be required reading.
The moral of the story - watch what you say out loud at work.
Yes I would, having been married to a Policeman and detective, I know just how shockingly true this book is.
The very real portrayal of the police establishment, hierarchy etc plus the continued deterioration of the public's respect for the police in general and as human beings in particular.
The same as the book title.
Having a certain understanding, the initial descriptions of the rank and file of the Police force made me laugh a lot, the last chapters dealing with the Authors complete breakdown was very touching and true and happens to so many of those in the front lines. I feel comments regarding the lack of acknowledgement by the powers that be to be justified.I found this book a fascinating read. The narrator is also excellent.
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
A cracking good read. Nothing in it surprised me but then i didn't expect it to. It's not a book for the faint0hearted or for those who'd prefer to keep their heads buried in the sand. it pulls no punches at all but then doesn't attempt to justify anything that goes on. It simply points out the fact as the author sees them and leave us to judge for ourselves if he's telling the truth or not. I think he is telling the truth and that something should be done about it. I wouldn't do his job for anything in the world but I'm sure glad somebody takes the risk of losing his sanity to do it.
The narator did a fairly good job of this book though some of the acdents are a mite inaccurate and it's hard to know what he's trying to sound like or who. That apart I'd recommend this book to anyone who just wants to see policing like it is and not listen to all the rubbish we're told in the press or by our politicians.
I couldn't stop listening to this, the stories he tells are as gritty and interesting as any good fiction but so insightful and shocking when you remind yourself it is real life. I know we are obviously only hearing it from his point of view but felt a great empathy with the writer by the end with everything he went through and found myself really hoping he is happy and successful now. Also, I absolutely loved the narration - it sounded so completely genuine and heartfelt I had to double check that the author wasn't reading it himself as was convinced it had to be him!
A man with a child in his ears
Even though this is just one man's true story I think it would prove very interesting to most readers of detective fiction. On the one hand the author is very keen to make points about real life being unlike detective fiction in the way that crimes are solved. On the other it is sadly clear that many of the fictional stereotypes are rooted in at least this ex-copper's reality.
The crippling hours, the lack of empathy from senior management, the under-funding and of course the crippling effects of so-called progressive management techniques. Anyone who has worked in a big company knows that when you treat something that takes a variety of approaches and skills with the factory model you merely end up creating illusions of productivity and progress. Give a senior manager a simple set of numbers to look after and that's it, any hope of getting genuine leadership vanishes as the targets replace common sense and good priorities.
The book itself is written simply and moves along at a good pace, it covers a number of years and not one but two countries. The differences between the Australian and UK police forces at the time are stark and fascinating. The narration by Damian Lynch is very sympathetic to the subject and strikes what feels likes an authentic tone including both the desperation and the dark humour which is spread through the book.
I also think that anyone with strong feelings about our police force should read this, regardless of which direction those feelings take. Probably most would gain at least a little empathy with the rank and file officers though maybe not the institutions themselves. It is just one man's story of course and written after a bad experience with a couple of employers but it highlights the pressures and difficulties we put our public servants under.
Maybe it could help engender a little more understanding all round.
The first alarm bell concerning this book was the reading style - like some kind of chirpy, funny mate chatting down the pub. The problem is that the subject matter does not really lend itself to this style and the comments just weren't funny. After a while, the constant snide remarks leave the reader with the sense that the author has a massive chip on his shoulder.
In general, the book reads like a particularly clichéd episode of the Sweeney. The story is basically a chronological list of the central protagonists life in the CID - and boy, do I mean central protagonist. The author seems to lack any form of empathy or cognizance - able only to see situations as they relate to him: All the people he likes are great cops, all the ones he doesn't, aren't; all the laws which he likes are good, all those that he doesn't are 'needless red tape'. At one point he explains completely without any sense of irony that he and others only ever planted evidence to fit an accused up for a crime when they were absolutely sure that they did it - it was just that they didn't have a single shred of evidence that proves it.
One is left with the impression that the Police are no better than the organised crime gangs they pursue, just better funded and with more power.
Although I found the narrative style irritating, I believe that this is probably a faithful interpretation of the writing style of the book, and so can't hold Lynch responsible. As the book is a work of non-fiction, the narrator provides just that: a narration. In this respect, Lynch provides a good performance. He is not tasked with having to interpret and portray different characters, accents or sexes, and so the verdict remains out on how he would perform in these types of audio books.
Although hoping that one is wrong, one is left with the feeling that 'Author A' is only too representative of career police officers in the UK. Although I don't believe it was the intention of the author, the reader is left with the distinct suspicion that the police behave just like any other gang. They have the same levels of corruption, codes of silence, favouring, and struggles for power as the street gangs. Worse still, those on the inside seem to think this is actually good policing.
I enjoyed this book, but it is very subjectively written. From what I know about working in the system myself for over 25 years, some of what he wrote is an overstatement of reality. However a lot of it rings very true and officer A knows how to tell a story.
I still don't know why he didn't just call up some back up when he was sorrounded by the gang at the train station. This seems symptomatic of his own inexorable journey towards self destruction. Despite his obvious intelligence he doesn't seem to have a strong sense of self preservation.
I can't imagine he is very popular in Surrey or Perth, as he doesn't pull any punches about either force. This is one reason why it was a good book to read.
An insightful look into what REALLY goes on behind closed doors in any police station in the UK, Aus or the rest of the world.
Once, a police friend of mines told me "Joe, the best place to break the law....is by working for the law", how right he was.
Everyone knows police officers close ranks against those complaining against them, but from those within?? That was an eye-opener as was the fact that some cops who've never walked a beat, make it up the force quicker than those who have actually amazed and angered me.
This book should make for compulsory reading for anyone thinking about joining the force
The writer of this book (Mr. D. Mc) could easily have been the person the film "I.D" was based on, a film about a policeman's descent into a hellish oblivion of divorce, drunkenness and complete mental breakdown...then some.
One of the best books I've read in a while, commendable on every level.
At first I thought that this book was rather self-indulgent, however it turned out to be a very informative and interesting account of a Detective's life and how the pressure and corruption within the force is a large factor in destroying people and reputations.
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