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The Policewomen’s Bureau by Ed Conlon

A page-turning novel about the inner workings of the NYPD, based on the true story of a young policewoman’s decades-long fight for respect in the male-dominated world.

The Bronx, 1958.

The Policewomen’s Bureau isn’t respected within the Department, even as it handles those cases only a woman’s touch could solve. Marie Carrara, a young officer with the 44th Precinct, has joined the few women stepping away from the select matronly duties available to female officers to take up series cases. With courage and a stiff upper lip when undercover, Marie is dispatched to grim and scary situations, using her air of innocence and others’ prejudice against her to take down degenerates and sex offenders. Despite the violence of her job, the sexism she faces daily, and a rocky marriage waiting for her at home, Marie is determined to make a name for herself within the NYPD and be the role model her young daughter deserves.

With the support of Marie Cirile, the real-life inspiration for Marie Carrara, author Ed Conlon combines the true stories of her time on the Job with his author’s flair to create an exciting story, worthy of the best silver screen police movies.

Ed Conlon was a detective with the New York City Police Department. A graduate of Harvard, he has published articles in The New Yorker and Harper’s and his work has been included in The Best American Essays. He is the author of a memoir, Blue Blood, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, aNew York Times Notable Book, and a New York Times bestseller. Having since retired from service, Ed is currently the Director of Editorial Services under the Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Communications.


Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 19 January 2019