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Robert Cea, Randy Jurgensen's co-author, is also a former NYPD detective. As a new recruit Cea learned of Jurgensen's heroism, and the tales of this case are told to this day to each and every recruit at the Police Academy. When Robert Cea retired from the NYPD, he was the fifth-most-decorated officer in the department's history. And he was still only in his early thirties.


David Pitt of the American Library Association asks, “So why would an ambitious, aggressive, highly respected detective end his career so early? Because, like others before him, Cea had fought bitter battles with his own conscience over the way he did his job. The book explores one of a police officer's toughest dilemmas: When and how much is it necessary to bend the rules in order to catch the bad guys? This isn't a story of police corruption in the manner of Serpico or Prince of the City. This one is about moral corruption, about one man's personal descent into dishonesty.”  No Lights, No Sirens : The Corruption and Redemption of an Inner City Cop” is Robert Cea’s “sometimes shocking memoir, which is written in honest, gritty prose.”


In addition to his book writing, Robert Cea has developed a television series on Court TV entitled "Under Fire."  The program airs on Sundays from 10PM to 10:30PM.  He is currently working on 12 new episodes for the Spring of 2007.  The show features in-depth interviews of police officers as the recount dramatic events filmed by their own police car cameras.

According to the book description of Circle of Six, “In 1972, New York City was plagued with protests, riots, and general unrest. It was during this defining year that one of the Police Department’s most scandalous cases occurred: the murder of Police Officer Phillip Cardillo.

On Friday, April 14, 1972, the police were summoned to Mosque Number 7 in Harlem, led at the time by the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, for a ten-thirteen––officer in need of help. The turn of events after this officer distress call has become perhaps the most legendary story in NYPD history. Police entered the Mosque and a conflict occurred, leaving Office Cardillo dead, and the city on the brink of a full-scale riot. Sensing a potential crisis and conflict with the Nation of Islam and the Black Liberation Army, New York City Mayor John Lindsey, Commissioner Benjamin Ward, and Congressman Charles Rangel acquiesced to the city’s black leaders and ordered the police out of the Mosque.

Subsequently, the details of Officer Cardillo’s murder and the events of what happened at the Mosque were covered up and an investigation was never truly launched until NYPD detective Randy Jurgensen began his own investigation. For four years, he would not rest, taking on the Mayor, his superiors in the NYPD, the Nation of Islam, and seemingly at times, the entire city of New York, before he could affect an arrest. His investigation revealed the tragic and shameful story of the political scandal and cover-up that rocked the NYPD and the Nation of Islam.

Circle of Six is the harrowing true crime exposé that lifts the curtain to reveal the raw story behind one of the most debated cases in the history of the New York City Police Department. Officer Cardillo’s murder is still an officially unsolved crime to this day. Written by Randy Jurgensen with Robert Cea, also a former NYPD detective, it details Jurgensen’s determined effort to bring Officer Cardillo’s murderer to justice. Despite the mayhem on the streets and the Machiavellian corridors of Mayor Lindsay’s City Hall, Detective Jurgensen captured Cardillo’s killer, Lewis 17X Dupree. He broke the case with an unlikely accomplice, Foster 2X Thomas, a minister for the Nation of Islam who became Randy’s witness and would eventually help put Dupree behind bars.”

One reader of No Lights, No Sirens: The Corruption and Redemption of an Inner City Cop said, “just finished reading No Lights No Sirens. I was rocked into the reality of hell that the author lived through and the people he had to deal with every day had to live through as well. The author made me feel as if I were there voyeuristically watching something I definitely should not be witnessing. I read it in two nights, something I would not advise another reader to do, as in any horrific true crime book, it gave me chills and nightmares. The dialogue and prose was so conversational it didn't feel like I was reading, but listening and watching a very noir like film. I absolutely was blown away by this book. There is so much more to tell, and so much I learned about one mans opinion of an over worked and broken justice system, one he tried to fix himself but almost died in the process. Read this book, but not at night - trust me! It was a fascinating and scary slap into a dark dark world. I loved the book and can't wait for the sequel. What happened to the author after the fact? Please write another one!”

No Lights, No Sirens : The Corruption and Redemption of an Inner City Cop
Robert Cea  More Info

Circle of Six: The True Story of New York's Most Notorious Cop-Killer and The Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him
Randy Jurgensen  More Info

One reader of Circle of Six said, “Charlie Rangel, Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam, Jesse Jackson -- just a few of the individuals currently the darling endorsers of more than one potential 2008 presidential candidate -- are well known for their political posturing, but less well known for their notorious, criminal, accessory-to-murder activities so convincingly exposed & proved in Randy Jurgensen's well-documented Circle of Six. Any normal person who reads this book should be outraged that justice was subverted in this case. And you should be afraid. Really, truly, afraid that the thin blue line keeping evil from overwhelming us ordinary folks is so easily sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. The power people who were never called to account for their horrible cover-ups, collusion with criminals, & abandonment of their public trust are still with us today. Tragically, Officer Roy Cardillo's murder & the cover-up afterward is not isolated in law enforcement. Sadly, the Circle of Six has many more members in many more departments in many more cities. It is wherever the politically powerful advance themselves at the expense -- and the lives -- of those they are supposed to lead. Thankfully, there is one Court, one Judge, and one Book they will ultimately be unable to avoid. Thank you, Det. Jurgensen, for helping to expose the darkness to the light.”

Publisher’s Weekly said of No Lights, No Sirens: The Corruption and Redemption of an Inner City Cop, “Virtually every cliché in every noirish police melodrama ever filmed by Hollywood turns out to be the God's-honest truth, to judge by this pulpy memoir. Cea, a television writer who recently sold three network pilots, chronicles his former career as a NYPD officer during the 1980s, from his bushy-tailed academy stint to his soul-destroying ordeal in the "Badlands" of Brooklyn. His beat is a Dantean landscape populated by-in order of decreasing humanity-whores, crackheads, junkyard dogs, "scumbag" defense attorneys and Internal Affairs desk-jockeys who don't understand that you can't play by the rules when you're on the street. Cea soon finds himself "test-i-lying" to prevent perps from being sprung on technicalities and plying snitches with stolen heroin in exchange for information. The oft-scripted existential dilemma of law enforcement-"'to fight them, you have to BECOME THEM!'"-duly wrecks his marriage and sends him into a funk of paranoia and rage. Cea apparently has an exact recall of events and conversations from decades ago, but the lavish detail piles up more stereotype than gritty verisimilitude. He faithfully quotes every "yo" and "bitch" uttered by the trash-talking ghetto poets he encounters and arrests, and his reconstructions of his own lurid arias to the nihilistic honor of cops-"'a filthy toilet bowl full of maggots is what this city is....and the only ones who stand between the babies and the furnace are saps like me! ME!'"-go on for pages. Somewhere in here there's an intriguing account of gradual corruption and the weird psychological dynamic between cops and criminals, but it's buried beneath a hackneyed, overwrought screenplay-in-waiting.”

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