The Brass Wall

The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

David Kocieniewski

Henry Holt and Co.

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"A modern-day Serpico."
-Entertainment Weekly (one of the 10 best books of 2003-nonfiction)

In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for his past undercover work, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Then he found out that the wiseguys had access to classified police information. When the leak was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, IAB detectives compromised Armanti again and again to protect the powerful man's son. But Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger.

Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. 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.

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"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 Brass Wall
The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126
David Kocieniewski

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Henry Holt and Co.
8/26/2014
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ISBN: 9781466879058
ISBN10: 146687905X
328 pages, 8 pp b&w photos
$7.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2003
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ISBN: 9781593973469
ISBN10: 1593973462
Audio Run Time: 6:00
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