William McCarthy's spent 20 years
in the New York Police Department. He rose through the ranks to ultimately become the Commanding Officer
of the Public Morals (Vice) Division and; and, later the commanding officer of the Bomb Squad. His autobiography Vice
Cop: My Twenty Year Battle with New York's Dark Side, centers on his years as an uncover vice sergeant.
His book provides interesting and detailed descriptions of police work, under cover operations and crime.
According to the Library Journal, “McCarthy's
career in the New York City Police Department spanned 20 years, culminating in his appointments as Commanding Officer of the
Public Morals (Vice) Division and, later, of the Bomb Squad. This memoir concentrates on his years undercover as a sergeant
on the vice squad and is full of details on how undercover investigations are conducted as well as how police work together.
McCarthy, who comes across as a tough guy crusading to clean up corruption and vice, meets and describes a truly amazing array
of characters (police and criminals). His depictions of criminal activities are very explicit--particularly in the area of
prostitution. The narrative is disjointed at times, but the subject matter will be absorbing for general readers. In another
recent book, What Cops Know ( LJ 12/90), Connie Fletcher's interviews with Chicago police officers offer similar insight
into the psychological and technical aspects of police work.”
On reader of Vice Cop:
My Twenty-Year Battle With New York's Dark Side said, “vice cop which is based on a true story, tells
the life of Bill McCarthy tough Irish American cop who wont give in to corruption. the book takes place in the 70's in
a pimp infested new York City. The author Mike Mallowe takes us from bill McCarthy’s first experience as a cop in public
morals division, to the climax where an event changes the way the NYPD operates now. An inside look into the life of corrupt
cops and the cops that try to bring them down, filled with pimps, gambling ,murders and the mafia.”