Way back when, I took the Suffolk County police exam. Suffice to say, I never got a call so I probably bombed the test, but reading The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne, a first-hand account of what his life and cop life was like makes me a combination of angry and upset having missed the opportunity working “the job”.
The chapters flowed, the writing captivating, and overall it was such an awesome book. If you’ve ever wondered what life on “the job” is like, this is a must-read. Osborne’s memory of events were so vivid I often found myself visualizing the scene as I read along.
My words won’t do it justice but take my word for it and give this book a read. It’ll give you a true sense of what it’s like to be a police officer, dealing with some real intense shit (9/11; hiding in a subway tunnel hanging on for dear life as train speeds by; finding a suspect for a warrant (?) dead in a shitty tenement apartment and giving the mug shot to his family for the memorial in the corner of the apartment).
Thank you for your service, Officer Osborne, and thanks for writing this amazing book.