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The Crime Factory Audiobook

The Crime Factory

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'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.

©2012 Andy Jennings (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Mav
    5/28/14
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you like most about The Crime Factory?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Crime Factory to, and why?

    Haven't read anything like this before.


    Which character – as performed by Damian Lynch – was your favourite?

    It is non-fiction so this question isn't relevant but Mr Lynch reads it well and is easy on the ears.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Warm Fuzz


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Minnou BH
    Dorset GB
    7/16/15
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    "Very true and moving"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, having been married to a Policeman and detective, I know just how shockingly true this book is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The same as the book title.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    10/29/16
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    "A Call for Empathy"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    2/11/16
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    "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.

    Happy reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • book addict
    London
    7/20/15
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    "Fascinating Insight"
    Would you listen to The Crime Factory again? Why?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atomic
    9/22/17
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    "Great book"

    Very well written book! Brilliantly narrated too!

    Highly recommended it to anyone considering a career in law enforcement, though do bear in mind that it might change your career choice.

    Wow could not put this book down, I was completely absorbed in this true account of a British police detective's life. After reading this I am astonished at how anyone would ever want to peruse and devote their career/life to this job, after reading this. To have to contend with scrotes and humanities scum, compile endless reams of paperwork, insufficient staffing, very poor OCChealth, terrible employee support systems and very poor internal ethical behaviour. I am shocked that officer A didn't have a complete break down much earlier. It's a credit to his mental strength that he didn't.
    I do hope that some of the British and Australian politicians get to read this book, may be they will have a better insight into
    the problems within their law enforcement system. Maybe then they will improve the policing environment across the board, rather than issuing budget cuts and hollow promises, to the detriment of the police/justice system and the public!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. W Gunn
    Cheshire, UK
    9/10/17
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    "Great and funny Insight Into British C.I.D Police"
    What did you like most about The Crime Factory?

    A refreshing change from Police TV Shows that seem to be all that's on across TV in the UK these days!

    As I write this for example I'm looking at "Spike" (the UK channel owned by Channel 5) which has devoted 7-10 hours to High Speed, door smashing, car chasing uniformed officers catching master criminals! You know the ones who have out of date Car Tax or a grain of weed on them. No disrespect meant these guys do a great job. "Frontline."

    Crime Factory however goes further and explores the world of C.I.D. or "Criminal Investigation Department."

    These are the guys who deal with the big time criminals, the Murders, Drug Barons, the ones above the street dealers.

    They are the police that go undercover and smash drug and sex rings, investigate and solve murders/homicide. They deal with gangs and attacks and ultimately they are the department who will build a case and get the criminal in to prison!

    I really liked this book because, we don't often see C.I.D. in action, yes there are plenty of TV dramas featuring CID officers. But this book brings their work in to reality.

    Coming from a family who have served in the British Army, also one who works as an undertaker there is a lot of internal Black humour aka banter which appears in CID Police too.

    Crime Factory has oodles of funny bits along with some very dark and horrible matter. Officer A doesn't shy away from graphic descriptions of blood, guts and exploded brain matter. But still manages to make the book fascinating to read, laugh out loud and NOT give you nightmares!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very easy read, fascinating subject. CID doesn't get as much media attention as frontline "first responder" Police. So for me it was a fresh and exciting read.

    I really enjoyed the humour. At one point during my morning commute on rush hour train I burst out laughing so much that I caused the whole coach to stare at me! I didn't know hesterical laughter was also banned in the train's "Quiet coach!"


    What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

    Damian Lynch really brought this book alive, very convincing copper. Great delivery of the funny stuff.

    Brilliant light and shade. Some narrators can sound a bit generic and monotonous. But Damian Lynch kept me hooked. It actually felt like he was the author!


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

    Overall this book made me laugh and it was exciting too.

    There were some dark moments, graphically described but it was always in context. Not just there to shock you.

    It just illustrates the kind of things the CID have to see and cope with during work.


    Any additional comments?

    For a fascinating insight into the work of CID, which is funny yet brutal, honest. For example Officer A talks frankly about how officers cope with their work often turning to Alcohol and yes sometimes even drugs.

    This is a really interesting read/listen. It has changed the way I think of CID too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roystoned
    9/7/17
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    "Fantastic yet tragic story"

    I for one will have a greater respect for our officers as a consequence of this book. It provided an insight into the daily life of an officer and details, with horrific clarity, the trauma these people have to face. Well written and brilliantly read, you are at the side of officer A as he deals with some strange situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supercal
    8/1/17
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    "excellent book"

    fantastic true story and well worth the money/time.



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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/24/17
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    "very entered"

    listened to this book in just a few days a very really account of what can only be described as a Hell of a job and private life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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