Working Vice: The Gritty True Story of Lt. Lucie J. Duvall

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One of the first female cops describes her early experiences on patrol in Cleveland, the day-to-day life of a vice cop, and her experiences uncovering child pornography rings and in serial rape investigations. 20,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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Splendid, detailed account of a woman's rise from one of the first woman street cops in the country to the head of Cleveland's vice squad. After lawsuits in 1972 by the Women's Law Fund compelled the city of Cleveland to hire women for zone patrol, Lucie J. Duvall signed for the police examination on a lark. No one was more surprised than she to find herself several months later graduated from the Police Academy and assigned to a precinct--the only woman on the roster. Duvall ran into a blue wall of resentment and worse--officers feared for their safety patrolling with a woman partner. But on one of her first calls, feisty, 98-lb. Duvall disarmed a huge man waving a pistol and began to build her reputation for sharpness and plenty of moxie. The higher-ups took notice and she was transferred to vice, working as a decoy in a prostitution crackdown. Crime-experts Hosansky and Sparling's account of Duvall's rise to command is chockablock with one fascinating, bizarre, macabre vice case after another. The serial rapist who wore an orange-and-black Halloween mask, cutting the clothes off couples with a bowie knife and forcing them to have sex with one another; the rapist who was traced by means of a ``penis composite''; the house searches into the depths of pederasts' madness--all provide a view of police-work unequalled in recent memory. In 1984, Duvall founded a new unit--Sex Crimes, whose mission is rape and violent assault, child abuse and pornography. Considered a ``professional's professional, but...also a person's person'' by her colleagues, she presently supervises 15 detectives and 1600 felony investigations a year. First-rate biography, and a fresh platter for true-crime epicureans. (B&w photo insert--not seen.) -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Before 1972, when Duvall joined the Cleveland Police Department, women cops were consigned to the Women's Bureau, handling clerical matters and crimes involving women and children. As a result of lawsuits, women were assigned regular duties, and Duvall found herself in a squad car. As time passed, she became the driver/bodyguard of the wife of controversial Mayor Dennis Kucinich, worked in the vice squad as a decoy, and participated in hostage negotiations, drug busts, serial rapist investigations, and child pornography raids. Eventually, she became lieutenant in charge of the vice squad and later headed the new Sex Crimes Unit. The authors recount Duvall's adventures with a feel for the rough drama of the city, but she is portrayed throughout as a spunky, gutsy, diminutive redhead who never backs down or loses her humanity. This one-dimensional portrait of Duvall as the perfect woman cop undercuts the drama and diminishes the real significance of her achievements. Still, this is a readable narrative of an exciting, groundbreaking career. For popular crime collections.
- Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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