'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.
"Very true and moving"
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.
"so this is real police work"
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!
"Bit of an axe to grind"
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.
"the crime was in publishing this drivel"
All of it. Couldn't finish this claptrap. The callousness inherent in much of this book, which I think is meant to be humour just left me with the feeling that this policeman was (not unlike many others in the service), a sociopath, driven by a need to feel superior to the lesser beings in the book, or, as they are otherwise known: the general public.
He could have made it a short story.
he didn't- the writing did that all by itself
All of it- it's drivel.
Officer 'A' should make every attempt to remain anonymous. Perhaps having now failed at at least two occupations he should move on to a third. Writing is not his metier.
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.
"Fab! Loved it!"
Fantastic insight into the world of high level policing! To the point where I contacted the detective who lead my cousins murder investigation years ago to thank him again for everything he did!
It's a real eye opener which I think everyone should read so you too can develop a knowledge about what these officers have to do.
Listened to it 3 times... Soon to be 4! Highly recommended!
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