A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior (Paperback)

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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.

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.

Praise For…


"A Shadow in the City is a condemnation of the drug war, with a top officer saying the point of the war eludes him. But it's also a fascinating personal story about a man whose search for meaning in his life makes him reject his life's work."--The Washington Post Book World

“No writer casts a colder and more perceptive eye on our culture than Chuck Bowden. This is a look at drug enforcement that leaves you wishing it was a novel so it wouldn’t be true. The hero, Joey O’Shay, is an artist in his own genre and has to be one of the hardest men in our history.”--Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156032537
ISBN-10: 0156032538
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2006
Pages: 336
Language: English