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Big Time Tommy Sloane
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The Sweet Life of Jimmy Riley: A Novel
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From the History of the New York Police Department 

These Watchmen, or Bellmen as they were sometimes called, or among the Dutch, "Kloppermannen," carried with them a kind of bell, a lantern, and an hour-glass. At every house, with loud clattering of the "Klopper," they cried out "the time of the night, and the season of the weather." They were employed only during the winter tine, or from first of November to the twenty-fifth of March, and received £15 each. They furnished their own fire and light. The expense of the Watch varied from £ 60 to £36, or £9 per man, during winter season.

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Publisher’s Weekly said of Big Time Tommy Sloane, “Ex-cop Reardon (The Sweet Life of Jimmy Riley has almost written a strong cautionary tale about a crooked New York cop. Tommy Sloane, son of a bent, philandering NYPD detective, hates his father, but after Tommy's discharge from the Navy in the 1950s he joins the force. After a few lean years in uniform, Tommy (with some help from his "connected" best friend) becomes a plainclothesman in "Manhattan West," a notorious hotbed of cops on the take. Tommy enjoys 10 years of graft and high livingduring which he himself becomes a serious philanderer. But he runs smack into the ambitious Sinclair commission investigating police corruption and is turned into a stoolie and an outcast. Reardon's New York color is good, and he provides interesting inside-the-force background, but the writing and events are too often flat and repetitious, and the narrative seems padded. Tommy's venality is matter-of-fact, and only at the end, when he's forced to trap others "on the job," is there much heat. Then Reardon vents his spleen on "finks." The nuts and bolts are here but, unfortunately, no real people. The possible portrait of a "good guy" ruined by the "everybody's-doing-it" rationale just slips away.”

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