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Publisher's Summary

More than 175 years of true crimes culled from the city's police blotter, told through an insightful text by two NYPD officers and a NYC crime reporter.

From atrocities that occurred before the establishment of New York's police force in 1845 through the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 to the present day, this audio is an insider's look at more than 80 real-life crimes that shocked the nation, from arson to gangland murders, robberies, serial killers, bombings, and kidnappings, including:

  • Architect Stanford White's fatal shooting at Madison Square Garden over his deflowering of a teenage chorus girl
  • The anarchist bombing of Wall Street in 1920, which killed 39 people and injured hundreds more with flying shrapnel
  • The 1928 hit at the Park Sheraton Hotel on mobster Arnold Rothstein, who died refusing to name his shooter
  • Kitty Genovese's 1964 senseless stabbing, famously witnessed by dozen of bystanders who did not intervene
  • Son of Sam, a serial killer who eluded police for months while terrorizing the city, was finally apprehended through a simple parking ticket

Perfect for crime buffs, urban historians, and fans of Serial and Making of a Murderer, this riveting collection details New York's most startling and unsettling crimes through behind-the-scenes analysis of investigations.

©2016 Bernard Whalen and Philip Messing (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Undisclosed Files of the Police has something for every crime aficionado, from Mafia buffs to those who are captivated by headline grabbing trials." (Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday)
"An extensive buffet of New York City's real crime history, served up in spicy bite-sized portions." (Raymond W. Kelly, former NYC police commissioner)
"New York characters galore, both good guys and gangsters, leap from the pages of Undisclosed Files of the Police." (Sam Roberts, The New York Times )

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Good History of Crime in NYC

Short stories of NYC crime that the NYPD was involved in/investigated etc. From old crimes to more recent. I was worried this was just going to be a NYPD praise book but that's not the case. Very impartial and worth the read. I enjoyed it. Very dark though at times but that is crime I suppose.

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Excellent book. excellent research!

Fascinating exploration of the history of NYPD and its famous cases. A real page turner.

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Great for listening in small bits

Would you listen to Undisclosed Files of the Police again? Why?

This audiobook is perfect for people who like to listen in small bits - on the treadmill, while doing dishes, etc. Each story is self-contained and gripping enough to get you through a few minutes of doing something else that's not that fun.

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Some obvious audio editing problems - the sound fades in and out at times, and you can definitely hear where pick-ups were inserted. Doesn't distract too much.

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obviously written by NYC police officers

Right wing/Conservative interpretation of events. Conspicuously leaves out corrupt history of NYC police IE: Serpico, Mafia connections

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Bad editing at the beginning - heard the author clear his throat at the end of the introduction. Reader was excellent. Book was a bit thin on the research and obviously focused on lionizing the NYPD, but entertaining on the whole.

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Amazing stories of human behavior.

Trying to figure out what the human being will do next is part of the many mysteries of life. Thinking that we can predict what a human being will do is the time when we do the unpredictable.

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Excellent

Excellent book and great narration. It’s a work that will be thoroughly appreciated by any fans of true crime books.

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Great for homeschooling parents....

Not done reading it...
Very interesting,good for history bluffs
I definitely would recommend this ebook,just got hardcover book & softcover book, Intriguing...




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So many crimes I've nrever heard about and a refresher on those I've forgotten. The reports of
19th to mid 20th century held the most interest. I'd like to see a 2nd volume, this time reading the
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Know your geography

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like true crime you will probably enjoy this book. The stories move quickly and don’t waste a lot of time on irrelevant details.

Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first audable book with Peter Ganim, he was easy to understand and follow throughout the book.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I was fascinated by the amount of data available in some of these very old cases.

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If you are familiar with NYC you will get more out of the stories. I have never been there so I had difficulty putting relevance to specific areas mentioned.

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Well read & produced, but !!!

Extremely enjoyable, if these things can be, only gripe would be it runs out of interesting cases after Son of Sam.
Worth a punt