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Book Title: Chicago Street Cop: Amazing True Stories from the Mean Streets of Chicago and Beyond|
The author of the book: Pat McCarthy
Edition: Pat McCarthy Productions, Inc.
Date of issue: April 26th 2016
ISBN 13: 9780996666619
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.66 MB
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This is immediately recognizable as a self-written, self-published memoir about Pat McCarthy's turbulent, yet no regrets, turn as an officer in the Chicago police force. What he makes abundantly clear is that law enforcement ran in his family, it was his destiny and dream to become a part of the crime- busting side of Chicago law. The book is story after story of McCarthy's experiences as he moves through the ranks in different units; the Gang Unit, the Swat team, at one point he wanted to join the Narcotics Unit but was assigned elsewhere. It certainly left a sense of awe as to how Mr. McCarthy is even still alive after some of the things he went through, half of which probably didn't even make the book. Admittedly, the writing is rough, like sitting in a break room with a bunch of former cops talking about the good ol' days, motherf'in this and bullsh**t that, not to mention the dialogue he has with every pimp, gangbanger, drug dealer and murderer as an undercover agent having to contain the word "bro". But there's still a certain charm to the authenticity, remembering he was handling these busts in the 1980s and early 90s when that slang was far more common. For me, the most striking feature of the book was McCarthy's seemingly conflicted soul about the setting that provided most of the crimes he attempted to prevent. He despised the ghetto, lashing out at the lifestyle and the conditions with which "those people" live in, yet was utterly heartbroken by children he saw there that never had a chance. He spent most of the book denigrating crime and criminals naturally, but in a poignant moment in the book, bringing a professor to see a gunned down crime boss in the hospital hooked up to life support, he felt pangs of sympathy for the man as a human being in this horrible condition. One doesn't need Dostoevsky or Joyce, or hell, even JK Rowling to understand human emotion and compassion. It shows up in surprising places, and in many different books.
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