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The Brass Wall

The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

David Kocieniewski

Henry Holt and Co.

In the tradition of Serpico and Prince of the City, a brilliantly reported true story of power and betrayal in the NYPD set against the worlds of the Mafia and big-city politics

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Lucchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for successfully posing as a hit man and arms smuggler, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Yet, once under cover, Armanti found that the wise guys he was chasing had access to classified police information. Stakes accelerated when the informant was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. Again and again, IAB's detectives compromised Armanti to protect the powerful man's son, but even the police commissioner ignored the situation. Like the fireman who took an oath to serve, Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger.

David Kocieniewski, former New York Times police bureau chief, reveals every moment of Armanti's effort to break through the wall enforced by the cops' top brass. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.

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The instant Armanti set foot in Café D'Oro, he could feel the strands of the investigation beginning to unravel. A half-dozen of the café's usual suspects sat nervously around the poker table, but there was no card game going or music playing, just edginess heating up the place. Carlo Cuzzi, wanted by the police in at least one double murder, stood with his burly arms crossed-not exactly a harbinger of peace.

"Up against the wall, Vin," Cuzzi demanded. "I've got to search you."

Fear flooded through Armanti's body in a fast, hot wave. His first
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Praise for The Brass Wall

"Gripping . . . Kocieniewski deftly reports a complex, heavily researched story."
-The New York Times Book Review

"This one is up there with Serpico and Prince of the City."
-Michael Connelly, author of Lost Light

"A chilling blow-by-blow account of an undercover operation and a dramatic courtroom climax."-Daily News

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  • David Kocieniewski

  • David Kocieniewski currently reports for The New York Times, where his stories frequently appear on the front page. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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    The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

    David Kocieniewski

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