Joshua Rich
October 03, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Kocieniewski
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

In the mold of ”Serpico,” this gripping tale follows a New York cop seeking justice after his cover is blown by a rotten colleague whose dad happens to be an internal affairs veteran. Detective #4126 (identified by pseudonym for his safety) sacrifices relationships, personal security, and his own personality to assume the guise of ”Vinnie Blue Eyes” and nab a cabal of Mob associates responsible for the death of a beloved fireman. Reading more like a novel than a page-one expose, ”New York Times” reporter Kocieniewski’s story offers a rare and sympathetic glimpse into the dangerous life of the unlikeliest of actors — a man for whom a bad performance could cost him his life.

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