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Booklist Magazine Review of "Bad Cop"
March 15, 2009


This memoir by a man who should never have strapped on a police holster has a wonderful narrative arc, spanning Baconís pre-NYPD series of menial jobs, a police career that lasted from 2001 to the 2004 Republican National Convention and that left him confused and exhausted, and a neat resolution as a lifesaving scuba instructor in Maui. The events of September 11 (Bacon witnessed the collapse of the South Tower from a building adjacent to it) propelled him from a desk job in Web support to policing in the worst part of Harlem. Feelings of civic pride and duty led Bacon to the streets, but what resulted was a series of humiliations and misadventures that he renders in excruciatingly comic detail. Part of the comedy and truth of this memoir is the way it counters expectations: the hero never does catch on with or win over either cops or perps, or he never becomes good at his job. A vivid and insightful saga of the wrong man in the wrong job at the wrong time.

ó Connie Fletcher