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I’m reading a pretty interesting book called Blue Blood. It’s a memoir written a few years back by a Harvard-educated New York City cop Edward Conlon (who also wrote the New Yorker’s “Cop’s Diary” column under the name Marcus Laffey).

I have the paperback edition, which means that the first three or four pages are devoted to positive reviews and testimonials to the book. One in particular caught my eye:

There are too many lame books about being a police officer written by people who haven’t spent a single day in uniform or on the streets. Blue Blood is real, authentic, true. Beautiful and inspiring, terrifying and heartbreaking. It is a great book.

It must have made Conlon very proud to receive such high praise, except for one small detail.

The source of that quote is James Frey.