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Vincent Murano’s first book describes his tour in the New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. He tells the story of not only finding corrupt police officers taking bribes, but of police officers committing other crimes like robbery, drug dealing and even murder.  According to Vincent Murano’s book, the NYPD was more interested in protecting its image than convicting the police officers of crimes.  He followed up this semi-autobiographical work with two fictional novels – “The Dead File” and “The Thursday Club.”

Publisher’s Weekly said of Cop Hunter, “After 10 years as a New York City cop, in 1976 Mauro joined the Internal Affairs Division, which polices the police, and was shocked at what he uncovered: some officers were not only taking bribes (almost standard practice) but were also guilty of armed robbery, drug dealing and murder. Despite increasing heart problems as a result of stress, he continued to work undercover and secured evidence that should have put the offenders in prison. But he found that the police department and IAD were not interested in publicizing these cases; their chief concern was with their image and they wanted no media exposure, according to the authors. As a result, the wrongdoers were simply dismissed from the force. Writing with Hoffer ( Midnight Express ), Mauro, who retired in 1986, presents a startling, convincing expose.”

According to the book description of The Dead File, “The double homicide of a veteran reporter and a newly nominated democratic gubernatorial candidate forces Detective Ben Rogers to investigate the politics of murder. Rogers suspects things go deeper than a political assassination and desperately tries to follow the few clues the reporter left behind. His investigation takes him into a dark political alliance.”


According to the book description of The Thursday Club, “When people working on a twenty-five-year-old murder case begin dying mysterious deaths, Internal Affairs detective Felix Palmieri sets out to avenge the murder of a fellow cop and solve the mystery.”

Cop Hunter
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The Dead File
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The Thursday Club
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About the New York Police Department (NYPD):

The first law-enforcement officer began to patrol the trails and paths of New York City when it was known as New Amsterdam, and was a Dutch settlement and fort in the year 1625. This lawman was known as a "Schout – fiscal" (sheriff – attorney) and was charged with keeping the peace, settling minor disputes, and warning colonists if fires broke out at night. The first Schout was a man named Johann Lampo.


The Rattle Watch was a group of colonists during the Dutch era (1609 - 1664) who patrolled from sunset until dawn. They carried weapons, lanterns and wooden rattles (that are similar to the ratchet noisemakers used during New Year celebrations). The rattles made a very loud, distinctive sound and were used to warn farmers and colonists of threatening situations. Upon hearing this sound, the colonists would rally to defend themselves or form bucket-brigades to put out fires. The rattles were used because whistles had not yet been invented. The Rattle Watchmen also are believed to have carried lanterns that had green glass inserts. This was to help identify them while they were on patrol at night (as there were no streetlights at that time). When they returned to their Watch House from patrol, they hung their lantern on a hook by the front door to show that the Watchman was present in the Watch House. Today, green lights are still hung outside the entrances of Police Precincts as a symbol that the "Watch" is present and vigilant.


When the High Constable of New York City, Jacob Hays retired from service in 1844, permission was granted by the Governor of the state to the Mayor of the City to create a Police Department. A force of approximately 800 men under the first Chief of Police, George W. Matsell, began to patrol the City in July of 1845. They wore badges that had an eight-pointed star (representing the first 8 paid members of the old Watch during Dutch times). The badges had the seal of the City in their center and were made of stamped copper.





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