The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126 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… The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126 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… Nonfiction
Book Review

The Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective #4126 (Fall 2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: David Kocieniewski; Genre: Nonfiction

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.

Originally posted Oct 03, 2003 Published in issue #731 Oct 03, 2003 Order article reprints
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