Sgt. John R. Baker with Stephen J. Rivele
St. Martin's Griffin
“Harrowing…thrilling…in-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leap off the page.” –Kirkus Reviews
"A candid and unapologetic glimpse into a lawman's life. Grim, exhilarating, heroic … with a dash of history thrown in for good measure." --Lt. Randy Sutton, author of True Blue and A Cop's Life
“Some of the best cop stories you'll ever read—[I] promise. Rick Baker's Compton makes the South Bronx look like [summer] camp.”
--Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD
"Compton, California, in the 1970s and 80s was like the Wild West, and Rick Baker was perhaps the Compton Police Department's bravest and most honorable officer. His book, Vice, is a nonstop thrilling saga of how this small but determined police force kept order in a tough town."
--Leonard Levitt, author of NYPD Confidential