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The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy
Title : The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy
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ISBN : 9781592280445
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336

With a new introduction by the author.The true, absorbing and sometimes frightening documentary of the world's most successful narcotics investigation, The French Connection is one of the most fascinating crime accounts of our time. When New York City detectives Eddie "Popeye" Egan and his partner Sonny Grosso routinely tail Pasquale "Patsy" Fuca, after observing some wildWith a new introduction by the author.The true, absorbing and sometimes frightening documentary of the world's most successful narcotics investigation, The French Connection is one of the most fascinating crime accounts of our time. When New York City detectives Eddie "Popeye" Egan and his partner Sonny Grosso routinely tail Pasquale "Patsy" Fuca, after observing some wild spending at the Copacabana, they quickly realize that they are on to something really big. Patsy is not only the nephew of a mob boss on the lam but also a key negotiator in an impending delivery of narcotics from abroad. His incongruous connections are with several distinguished Frenchmen, including Jean Jehan, the director of the world's largest heroin network, and Jacques Angelvin, a star of French television. For many suspense-filled months, through opulent Manhattan nightclubs, dark tenements in Brooklyn and the Bronx, tree-lined streets of the genteel Upper East Side, and in Paris, Marseilles, and Palermo, the duel is on -- the prize 112 pounds of pure heroin, worth ninety million on the streets. Over three hundred investigators from local, state, federal, and international agencies are ultimately involved in the hours of weary surveillance, the skilled intuition, the luck -- both good and bad -- and the danger.


The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy Reviews

  • StevenGodin

    I fell victim to the success of the thrilling and tense Oscar winning movie thinking this would be every bit as gripping but on a deeper level that the film could not produce wasn't. As I have always been fascinated by this true-crime story and could simply not grasp just the size, time span and man power used that went into this operation, it was f***ing HUGE!, but this book just falls flat on it's face as it felt more like reading a police report that was dull with only flashes of anything wor [...]

  • Aaron Martz

    If anything, this book proves how tedious most police work is. There is more action in the last ten pages than in the preceding two hundred. Nearly the entire book is a long series of stakeouts at various locations as the police and FBI tail a series of suspects in a heroin smuggling ring. They drove down this street, they drove down that street, they stayed at this hotel, they ate this for dinner. It's as boring as watching paint dry. It would have been better summarized in a long magazine arti [...]

  • Sandi

    first of all, let me say that i really enjoy crime dramas, in general. so here's my review.ok. technically, i didn't actually "read" this whole book. i had to quit when i got to page 108, dead-center in the middle of the chapter. i had to stop because i'd rather poke my eyeballs out with a rusty coathanger than finish this book.i don't think i've ever been so bored by a book in my life. i'd rather read war and peace from back to front, standing on my head in a pool of vomit. i'd ratheroh, i coul [...]

  • Natalie

    This was another one I decided to not finish and just watch the movie instead. I had a hard time following the story because I didn't know my way around New York and didn't bother to study the map that was included. The movie won best picture in the 70's and it was okay for us. After watching the movie, I didn't feel the need to finish the book.

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    When I found this at a yard sale I was so pleased because I love the movie of this true tale. I skimmed over the book and enjoyed looking at the photographs, but to be honest "The World's Most Crucial Narcotics Investigation" is so dry that it's almost boring. I would rather watch the movie.

  • Jeanette

    I read this when I was in junior high and was absolutely riveted by the whole story. I don't remember most books I read that long ago, but this title has stayed in my mind all these years. What's really funny is that when I read it, I thought it was a novel!

  • Abraham Hyatt

    I knew of the movie by this name but never realized it was based on a true story that took place in the early 1960s. Two New York city cops stumbled on a massive heroin smuggling operation that was taking place between the Mafia and French operatives. Moore follows the police and federal agents in sometimes excruciating detail over the course of a week as they bumble through an intense investigation, get lucky multiple times and ultimately make the biggest drug bust of that time.The book's been [...]

  • Stacia

    Even though you know ahead of time that the cops will bust the heroin distributors, it doesn't take away from the interest & pull of the book. I totally enjoyed reading all the details the painstaking stake-outs, following suspects only to lose them time & again, the reminder that police work in the 1960s didn't have the conveniences of cellphones & GPS tracking, the fact that many of these detectives worked around the clock with rare breaks when tracking a big bust like this, the im [...]

  • JoeNoir

    The surveillance is exhaustively detailed, but I did find it interesting. I give it four stars. If you can find a hardcover, or pre-movie paperback, some American editions include a photo section with cool photos of the participantsd the car. Iconic cover art.

  • Matt

    Really different from the movie. Loved this book.

  • Colleen

    I need to watch the movie now, which somehow I've never seen. By the sounds of it, they had to add some action in, which makes sense, since this book entails a lot of sitting around, not much action. Since like Day of the Jackal, 1960s investigators had to work around the clock without the benefit of technology--and this book involves a LOT of hunches and peering with binoculars through blinds. On the one hand, a lot of that could have been shorter and the book felt repetitive at times (see the [...]

  • Scott Holstad

    I cautiously recommend this book for anyone who likes cop books or true crime books. I use the word "cautiously" because the detailed, numerous chase scenes through the city on streets no one outside of New York would recognize render the reader nearly brain dead or perhaps dead of boredom. If you can get past the damn chase scenes, it's an interesting read with an interesting plot. Two NYC detectives stumble across the nephew of a major Mafia boss who's on the run and who might be involved in s [...]

  • Aaron Janike

    The French connection by Robin Moore,a great book-this time documentary of some true-life detective work. Robin Moore wrote it like a documentary. The author's word choice was very simplistic it was how a cop or a person talks on a day to day basis.Detectives First Grade Edward Egan and Salvatore Grosso of New York City caught a late show at a nightclub (Egan's girl friend was hat-check girl there) and while at their table happened to spot some known criminals paying court to the host of a large [...]

  • Richard Knight

    The French Connection is the kind of book that is boring almost the entire way through and then rockets to its conclusion. I would say that about 70% of the book is just the cops staking out the crime and following the criminals, which sounds good in theory but doesn't always translate well on the page. I feel like if I actually had a better sense of the streets and avenues of NY, I would have appreciated it more, as it feels fairly lived in and alive, which it should since this is a true story [...]

  • Dianne

    Ah retro flashback to skinny ties and porkpie hats, zippos and darting into phone booths! That alone was terrific. The blow by blow of the surveillance of this heroin sting was lengthy and drawn out but this is non-fiction, it is what it is. Little did they know the day to day of it would be the charm read this much later. Hatcheck girls and liquor store bicycle delivery boys, stationery stores and diners-pure gold. The rough and tumble dectectives like every paperback and tv show trying for it- [...]

  • Karen

    As police procedurals go, this one was pretty interesting. I read it as part of a class on NY crime in which we are reading books and seeing the movies made from the books. In this particular case, the movie had very little to do with the book, as they had to make the movie more entertaining, say, by adding an attempted murder on the lead detective and an amazing car chase scene. However, taken by themselves, each is an interesting look at how a complex case was solved.

  • Ruth

    c1969. Mr Moore - Another Harvard graduate! Interesting that his bio mentions that he went to work for his father who was the chairman of The Sheraton Hotel chainbut this didn't seem to work out too well. His passion, it seems, was the Special Forces and he is well known for having written the lyrics to The Ballad of the Green Berets. Passed away in 2008. I loved the name of the main character - Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle.

  • Dan Adams

    What a great look into the real NYC police work that resulted in what was at the time the largest international cocaine bust in the city's history. Actor Gene Hackman stars in the exciting movie version, but the book is a totally different animal, less sensationalized - no gunfights and more mundane car chases - but in the end, it proves no less thrilling.

  • Ronald Wilcox

    This is an early example of True Crime books about an investigation by the New York Narcotics Bureau in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics into a heroin smuggling event that yielded up nearly a hundred kilograms of high grade heroin in the 1960's. Slow during the first half but gets much more interesting in the second half.

  • Joe

    Now 50 years since sentencing in this case, it's interesting to compare the techniques and tools used by police and criminals then and now. Not only have both changed and escalated since then, but the stakes have risen as well.

  • Brian DiMattia

    The inspiration for one of the great crime movies of all time, this is a good, well paced read. It paints a vivid picture of the war on drugs before there was such a term, and brings to life New York city in the sixties. 3.5 stars.

  • Lee

    This book about the story of the French Connection is the most thrilling. Large portions of the book involve surveillance and ground work like serving warrants and interviewing people not exciting gun fights and the like. OK read, not like the movie

  • Walt

    This case has been blown out of proportion due to the success of the film. In reality, police stumbled onto just one branch of the Mafia's heroin network. Mostly small-timers were convicted. Even in the movie, the mysterious leader of the case escapes.

  • Peter Martin

    Sharp, densely detailed procedural that highlights the hunches, coincidences, near-misses, and dogged determination involved in making a major crime bust.Also remarkable to how the film version differed significantly (out of necessity) in order to construct the spine of compelling police drama.

  • César

    Fue el primer libro que leí completo, era un niño cuando lo tuve en mis manos y desde la primer pagina me atrapó; una historia de traficantes de drogas, policías que no caen en el típico estereotipo de héroes genial la trama.

  • Matt

    This is a good crime / action book based on a true story. This is the actual account of the story told in the movie of the same name. The movie took some liberties and added some scenes that never occured. It is still tough to read the book and not picture Gene Hackman as the main character.

  • Ed

    364.157 Chronicle of the 1961 investigation by NYC Narcotics detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso (and eventually 300 others) linking the shipment of 112 lbs (at the time the largest bust ever) of pure heroin by French gangsters to Brooklyn Mafiosi.

  • Cathy

    excruciatingly slow and boring. I don't know what prompted me to read it.

  • Kit

    Reads like a Sam Fuller movie.

  • Ms. Randorf

    Nice to relive the street scenes of the 60s.was it really that quiet on the stake out? Wow.