Harvey Rachlin The Making of a Detective

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The Making of a Detective

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The author presents a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the career of Homicide Detective Dave Carbone of Brooklyn, New York, following Carbone's evolution from rookie cop to skilled criminal investigator in one of America's deadliest neighborhoods. National ad/promo.

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One out of every ten homicides in the United States takes place in New York City. The job of investigating these unending murder cases and bringing their perpetrators to justice falls to the city's elite corps of homicide detectives. In the dark and violent world of police work no other group commands more respect or projects a stronger mystique. Today one of the best of them is Detective David Carbone, the hero of The Making of a Detective. Harvey Rachlin, the acclaimed author of The Making of a Cop, enjoyed literally unprecedented access to Carbone and his fellow detectives in the 75th Precinct in East New York, Brooklyn, in order to chronicle Carbone's transformation from a green but ambitious beginner into a skilled and seasoned murder investigator and hunter of men. He was allowed to follow Carbone everywhere - the squad room, crime scenes, canvasses, emergency rooms, morgues, court rooms, and interrogation rooms where Carbone perfected the special art of "jerkology" - eliciting murder confessions from suspects when there was very little evidence that would hold up in court. There was no shortage of learning opportunities for Carbone - the Seven-Five routinely logs more than one-hundred homicides a year and the New York Post has dubbed East New York "New York's deadliest neighborhood" on its front page. By the end of his five-year stint there Carbone had personally investigated more than three-hundred murders - more than most police departments will experience in a decade - and cleared ninety-two percent of them.

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True-crime fans who remember Rachlin's Making of a Cop (1991) will line up for this book, which follows Dave Carbone from the 1986 interview by which he qualified for the NYPD Detective Bureau through two years spent investigating robberies in Brooklyn's 90th Precinct, and then a longer stint working major felonies (mainly homicides) in that borough's notorious 75th Precinct. (The tabloids call the 75th, which covers East New York, the city's deadliest precinct because it is beset by poverty, drugs, and gangs. The area averages 100 murders a year.) Rachlin spent hours with Carbone and his colleagues (1992^-93) and researched Carbone's background by reviewing police files and interviewing family members and coworkers. The title defines Rachlin's focus: he offers lots of sordid but fascinating details on cases Carbone handled, but his central concern is what the ambitious young hotshot from Nassau County learned and how the "active" young street cop changed in the process of becoming a skilled detective and, ultimately, a respected homicide specialist. Requests seem likely, given Norton's promotion plans and current controversies about "good guys" and "bad guys" within law-enforcement agencies at every level. Mary Carroll

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