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Murderer with a Badge: The Secret Life of a Rogue Cop

Edward Humes

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ISBN 10: 0525934987 / ISBN 13: 9780525934981
Published by Dutton, New York, Ny
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by the author on the half title page, "To Chris,/ A wonderful editor, chef, friend and, in particular, a great connoisseur of books./ All the best,/ -Ed Humes". The book is lightly shelf worn, with what looks like a name and phone number written in pen on the front loose endpage and another small illegible note wrtten in pen on the back loose endpage, otherwise the pages are clean, unmarked and the book is in very good condition. The dustwrapper is edgeworn and lightly rubbed to the surface, otherwise unclipped, in mylar and in very good condition. (VG/VG.) 454pp. Bookseller Inventory # 21967

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Title: Murderer with a Badge: The Secret Life of a ...

Publisher: Dutton, New York, Ny

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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An account of the traffic cop who moonlighted as a killer describes how William Leasure carefully planned three murders and stole a string of luxury yachts worth more than two million dollars. National ad/promo. Tour.


As a Los Angeles police offer, Bill Leasure was so lacking in ambition that he was content to be a traffic cop who hardly ever gave out tickets. As a thief, he ran six-figure scams stealing yachts, and collected guns and cars, but also stockpiled worthless goods such as other people's linens. He was involved in murder for hire, but didn't pull the trigger himself, and never seemed to care much about the outcome. Was he a thrill seeker? Did he get off on hanging out with criminals and planning elaborate schemes? As the New York Times writes, "In Murderer with a Badge, Edward Humes presents us with a puzzle.... Despite [his] admirable assembling of the facts, the secret of William Leasure remains inviolate." Perhaps the "secret" is that "Mild Bill" is the type of psychopath who's so completely self-contained and empty on the inside that there is no secret. Even Leasure's savvy wife, a city prosecutor, was bamboozled by him. Murderer with a Badge is a well-crafted, absorbing story.

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