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Serpico by Peter Maas


Hardcover in Good (G) condition. Please see our guide to book conditions for more details. Dust Jacket in fair condition, book in good condition. (Stock Photo, dust cover is worn.)

It is the late sixties, a time of intense social and generational upheaval. Into this maelstrom came a man who broke the mold. A working class, Brooklyn-born,Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet. Most of all, Frank Serpico was a man who couldn't be silenced — or bought.

For years a culture of corruption had pervaded the New York City Police Department. Police payoffs,protection, and shakedowns of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common practice. The so-called blue-code of silence protected the minority of crooked cops from the sanction of the majority.