The Blue Knight (novel)
|Publisher||Little, Brown and Company|
|January 15, 1973|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
The Blue Knight is the second novel by former Los Angeles Police detective Joseph Wambaugh, written while he was still a serving detective. It follows the last days on the beat for a veteran LAPD police officer, detailing his thoughts and actions from a first person perspective. The narrative is written in a coarse, sometimes self-deprecating manner; in the first chapter, Bumper refers to himself as having "an ass two nightsticks wide".
The novel centers around a veteran LAPD beat cop named William "Bumper" Morgan, who utilizes intimidation and in some cases physical violence in his dealings with the criminal elements he encounters. The book covers his last week on the job before his planned retirement.
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