As someone who interacts with police officers on a regular basis, The Job: True Tales from the life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne seemed like a good book to read.
And it was… I guess…
Osborne is not a writer. That much is very clear. He writes in the New York accent you can envision him talking to you in.
The stories/vignettes that make up this collection are pretty much what you would expect from a cop hardened on the streets of New York City, with a few personal touches thrown in.
Osborne writes about how on his deathbed, his father encouraged him to pass the lieutenant’s exam. He writes about how his family’s dog was run over by a car and he used his police officer connections in an effort to save him.
He also writes about responding to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. That story was probably the one that left me wanting more. I wanted to know more, but for obvious (or not so obvious reasons), Osborne doesn’t provide more. It is clear the experiences Osborne had are not something he is entirely ready to open up about or share with the world.
Overall, the book reads quickly and is easy to follow. It’s not a major literary work and if you’re expecting some expose on what it’s REALLY like to be a cop, you won’t get it.
But if you’re looking for a little bit of color and a few behind the scenes details from a New York City police officer, it’s worth reading.