Badge of the Assassin
The true story of one of the most intense manhunts in police history . . . and of the young district attorney who brought a trio of cop killers to justice
by Robert Tanenbaum and Philip Rosenberg
Publisher: E. P. Dutton
Book Club Edition
In rare instances, a book about a criminal episode transcends its immediate subject and achieves a stature beyond the conventional "true crime" genre. Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is a case in point along with Thomas Thompson's Blood and Money. Badge of the Assassin belongs in that company.
The story begins with a brutal double murder: at a Harlem housing project in May 1971, two on-duty New York City policemen are ruthlessly gunned down by members of he self-proclaimed Black Liberation Army. An agonizing cross-country manhunt for the killers ensues, leading detectives into every corner of the black revolutionary underworld: to San Francisco, to New Orleans, to a rundown farm in a small town in Missossippi where one of the murder weapons (the "badge of the assassin") is found buried under five feet of soil.
Robert Tanenbaum, a dynamic and indefatigable and acted as the prosecutor in the case, which culminated in two dramatic trials of The People v. Herman Bell, et al. Tanenbaum and novelist Philip Rosenberg make the reader a participant in the four-year struggle for justice, re-creating every scene of the spellbinding human drama -- from the actual shootings through a series of brilliantly engineered arrests to the attention and excitement of the courtroom. Badge of the Assassin is the true story of a shocking crime, told with all the skill and subtlety of first-rate fiction.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear and edge tearing. Book opens flat on the photo pages, but the binding and pages are in tact.
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