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A Shadow In The City

Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior

Charles Bowden


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Joey O'Shay is a cop with a genius for the drug bust. But after more than two decades undercover, he's no longer so certain who the heroes of the drug war are, or what the fight is for. Still, he never feels so alive as when he's doing a deal. So this time he sets out to test himself against the elite of the drug business, the Colombians and their fine, pure heroin. Maybe he'll finally meet his match.

Charles Bowden, author of the critically acclaimed Down by the River, follows O'Shay as he sets the deal in motion. A Shadow in the City confirms Bowden's reputation as a bold, genre-bending chronicler of the underworld.

Praise For A Shadow In The City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior

"An extraordinary book-daring, genre-bending, literary, and wise." -CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"If it's the ugly truth about the war on drugs you're after, you won't find a better-and better-written-piece of reporting." -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Harper Paperbacks, 9780156032537, 336pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2006

About the Author

CHARLES BOWDEN is a writer whose work appears regularly in Harper's, GQ, and other national publications. He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including Down by the River. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.