Another night falls on New York City, a victim screams, a siren wails. Eddie Kennedy is on his beat. He's a gold shield homicide detective and his hext week of investigations is a journey you will never forget. A true story written by Carsten Stroud, who was allowed to into the intersanctum of this large police department and wrote about his experiences working along side several of it's officers. Published in 1987 by Bantam Books.
One of my all-time faves, March 13, 2004
Reviewer: Curtis G (OC, CA, USA) I have read a boatload of police procedurals, but when I think of "the best," "Close Pursuit" immediately springs to mind (as does "11-99"). One major difference between this novel and others is that Stroud spent a lot of time with NYPD detectives, then--instead of writing a straight non-fiction book--he adapted what he'd seen and learned into a fact-based fictional novel. The other major difference is that while most procedurals focus on strictly one case from beginning to end, and the climax of the story is the closing of the case, "CP" picks up in the middle of a mess of cases and leaves you with most of them still unsolved. Just like real life.
It's solidly entertaining and a worthy read. My only question is, why the William J. Caunitz-esque paperback cover art? Not that I haven't read and enjoyed Caunitz, but it's too good a book for that.
Close Pursuit is a week in the life of a gold shield NYC Homicide cop. It's very "gritty"..with realistic characters and dialog. It's as close to the action as most people would get unless they're a cop or a victim. If you like police procedural s..go for a ride with Eddie Kennedy and the NYPD.
on a 5 star rating, I would rate this book a 3.