John R Baker VICE

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Compton: the most violent and crime-ridden city in America. What had been a semi-rural suburb of Los Angeles in the 1950s became a battleground for the Black Panthers and Malcolm X Foundation, the home of the Crips and Bloods and the first Hispanic gangs, and the cradle of gangster rap. At the centre of it, trying to maintain order was the Compton Police Department, never more than 130-strong, and facing an army of criminals that numbered over 10,000. At any given time, fully one-tenth of Compton's population was in prison, yet this tidal wave of crime was held back by the thinnest line of the law - the Compton Police. John R. Baker was raised in Compton, eventually becoming the city's most decorated officer involved in some of its most notorious, horrifying and scandalous criminal cases. Baker's account of Compton from 1950 to 2001 is one of the most powerful and compelling cop memoirs ever written - an intensely human account of sacrifice and public service, and the price the men and women of the Compton Police Department paid to preserve their city.

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"Harrowing...thrilling...in-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leap off the page." -"Kirkus Reviews"

"A candid and unapologetic glimpse into a lawman's life. Grim, exhilarating, heroic ... with a dash of history thrown in for good measure." --Lt. Randy Sutton, author of "True Blue" and "A Cop's Life"

"Some of the best cop stories you'll ever read--[I] promise. Rick Baker's Compton makes the South Bronx look like [summer] camp."
--Brian McDonald, author of "My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD"

"Compton, California, in the 1970s and 80s was like the Wild West, and Rick Baker was perhaps the Compton Police Department's bravest and most honorable officer. His book, "Vice," is a nonstop thrilling saga of how this small but determined police force kept order in a tough town."

--Leonard Levitt, author of "NYPD Confidential"

Some of the best cop stories you'll ever read--[I] promise. Rick Baker's Compton makes the South Bronx look like [summer] camp.--Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD

Harrowing thrilling in-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leap off the page. "Kirkus Reviews"

A candid and unapologetic glimpse into a lawman's life. Grim, exhilarating, heroic with a dash of history thrown in for good measure. "Lt. Randy Sutton, author of True Blue and A Cop's Life"

Some of the best cop stories you'll ever read [I] promise. Rick Baker's Compton makes the South Bronx look like [summer] camp. Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD

Compton, California, in the 1970s and 80s was like the Wild West, and Rick Baker was perhaps the Compton Police Department's bravest and most honorable officer. His book, "Vice," is a nonstop thrilling saga of how this small but determined police force kept order in a tough town. "Leonard Levitt, author of NYPD Confidential""

"Harrowing...thrilling...in-your-face violence and resilient heroism that leap off the page." --Kirkus Reviews

"A candid and unapologetic glimpse into a lawman's life. Grim, exhilarating, heroic ... with a dash of history thrown in for good measure." --Lt. Randy Sutton, author of True Blue and A Cop's Life

"Some of the best cop stories you'll ever read--[I] promise. Rick Baker's Compton makes the South Bronx look like [summer] camp." --Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD

"Compton, California, in the 1970s and 80s was like the Wild West, and Rick Baker was perhaps the Compton Police Department's bravest and most honorable officer. His book, Vice, is a nonstop thrilling saga of how this small but determined police force kept order in a tough town." --Leonard Levitt, author of NYPD Confidential

About the Author:

SGT. JOHN R. BAKER is an eighteen-year veteran of the Compton Police Department. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. STEPHEN J. RIVELE is the Academy Award(R)-nominated screenwriter of Oliver Stone's Nixon, and of Will Smith's Ali. Rivele is also the author of eight previous books. He lives in Pasadena, CA.

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