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Publisher's Summary

"How ya doin?"

With these four syllables, delivered in an unmistakably authentic New York accent, Steve Osborne has riveted thousands of people through the legendary storytelling outfit The Moth (and more than a million times on their website) with his hilarious, profane, and touching tales from his 20 years serving as an NYPD street cop. Steve Osborne is the real deal, people, the tough, streetwise New York cop of your dreams, one with a big, big heart. Kojak? NYPD Blue? Law & Order? Fuggedaboutem! The Job blows them out of the water with this unpauseable book.

Steve Osborne has seen a thing or two in his 20 years in the NYPD - some harmless things, some definitely not. In "Stakeout" Steve and his partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect and reduce the man down to a puddle of snot and tears when questioning him. In "Mug Shot" the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange request and provides a sobering reminder of the humanity at stake in his profession. And in "Home" the image of his family provides the adrenaline he needs to fight for his life when assaulted by two armed and violent crackheads. From his days as a rookie cop to the time spent patrolling in the Anti-Crime Unit - and his visceral, harrowing recollections of working during 9/11 - Steve Osborne's stories capture both the absurdity of police work and the bravery of those who do it. His stories will speak to those nostalgic for the New York City of the 1980s and '90s, a bygone era of when the city was a crazier, more dangerous (and possibly more interesting) place.

Includes two live stories from The Moth - "Hot Dogs" and "Dentist".

Stories from The Moth courtesy of The Moth.

©2015 Steve Osborne (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Cops are innately good storytellers, and Osborne must be one of the best." (Booklist)
"Steve Osborne is a born storyteller, and anyone expecting a cop book to be filled with action and adventure won't be disappointed with The Job. But what makes this story so powerful is its compassion and bittersweet comedy, the unexpected moments in which the worst situations bring out the best in people. Anyone who knows a cop - or wants to - should read this book." (Edward Conlon, author of Blue Blood)
"Nobody tells a cop story better than a cop, and Osborne tells them as well as I've ever heard (and I've heard a lot of them). Go buy this book, for the chases, the laughs, and the poignancy. Go buy it now, especially now, because for every bad cop there are 20 heroic ones - and Steve Osborne was one of them." (Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family. Three Badges. One Hundred Years in the NYPD)

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Very entertaining!

Loved getting a glimpse into the world of a NYPD officer. I hung onto his every word and even found myself circling the block a few times to continue listening to his funny stories before finally pulling into the drive way. Highly recommend to anyone looking to enter the criminal justice field or just looking to be entertained. This is the book for you!

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Great Book for Traveling

I heard an interview with the author on NPR that they were running with the launch of the paperback which is what prompted me to buy this one. Usually you do not want a book read by the author. In this case, you would want no one else! The stories were alternatively funny and heartbreaking but the telling was spot on for all.

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This guy is fantastic!

Great stories a I hope to hear more! I was a cop and some of these really got to me. It's too bad he retired so soon. He tells itlike it is. Some people need an ass beating and others are a victim of their environment and deserve a break. Cops really do cry. This book will make you laugh and cry.... even the liberals.

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Great book, fantastic narration.

I can't imagine a more interesting story told by a more interesting person. Steve Osborne paints a clear and vivid picture of his day-to-day life as a police officer.

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Amazing and fun book

This book is very entertaining and having it read by the author makes it that much better!!

It’s a real book and you end up loving the author... you’ll see

By the time you get chocked up by the only upsetting story in the book you’ll realized you’re hooked!! Ever story is great with a great open, great story and classic ending.

Love it!!

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Is It Like That?

I am the daughter of a volunteer cop in a small town hand believe it or not police work is the same everywhere. What this man is telling you t he absolute truth.

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Great Listen....

When listening to an audio book, sometimes you get to hear the story from the author themselves. That can be good or bad. In this particular case it was perfect. These stories are experiences straight from his life as a police officer. The emotions (and there are plenty) that are felt while listening are stronger because of his voice.

I would (and already have) recommend this to anyone who wants to laugh heartily at some of the situations Osborne was in while in the NYPD or cry as his own personal tragedies will have you relating and reflecting upon what you have experienced in your own life.

Steve Osborne is somebody I would love to sit down with, have a few adult beverages and just listen to his stories. I hope this man writes a heck of a lot more.

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FANTASTIC!!!

Would you listen to The Job again? Why?

Steve's accounts are great. You can tell he really enjoyed his life as a Police Officer. Funny, scary and sad all wrapped into one. His stories are well told and having him actually be the one to tell them makes them even better. His accent makes you wanna walk around and talk like a wise guy....even if you have a Texan accent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Job?

Hot Dogs

Which character – as performed by Steve Osborne – was your favorite?

Himself

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did. Both.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic journey into a NYC cop. A life well lived. Thanks for sharing it Mr. Osborne.

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Great stories

The author of the book reads the stories himself which really add to the emotions of the stories. The stories he tells range from funny to heartwarming. Overall a great book that I highly recommend.

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Good and funny and interesting

So glad the author read this book! His accent is genuine and lends credibility to his stories of being a NYC cop. Very interesting, at times touching, other times funny, and then dramatic

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