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The Upper East Side of Manhattan is one of the richest neighborhoods in the world.
But Max Royster, a maverick, outspoken and erudite NYPD foot cop, who grew up working-class in this tony area, calls it “the Playpen.” Money protects the bluebloods in this area like the bars on an infant’s playpen.
Late one night, patrolling wealthy brownstones, he sees a burglar attacking a rich actress. Max chases him. They fight but the burglar escapes.
The burglar is a sexual predator, known in cop-speak as a “Horn Bug.”
For losing the suspect, Max’s captain deems Max “a Funny Bunny,” too unstable for police work. He strips Max of his gun and badge, then orders Max into Bellevue Hospital for observation and maybe for the rest of his life.
Without tools or support, Max ten days to stop this Horn Bug
Cover Illustration by Nad Wolinska
Cover Design by Richard Amari
“It’s a great read. There is nothing fake about this book.
It is authentic. The characters seem like real people that you’ll never forget.
The NYPD politics ring true, just as insane as when I was there. This book deserves
to be read and re-read and studied as criminal justice literature.”
~ Daniel Vona (Deputy Commissioner, NYPD [Ret.])
“Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly have new competition: Frank Hickey’s second novel grips you by the collar and does not let go. Hard hitting, insightful, and compelling, Hickey’s characters take you through a gritty, violent, and very real world. Poignant and at times distressing, you won’t put it down. Strap in and hang on!”
~ Scott Ketcham (National City, California Police Department Sergeant [Ret.])
“Max Royster is back, and this time he’s telling the story in his own electrifying words. Suspended and stripped of his gun, he’s hunting a sex crime killer (a.k.a. a “Horn Bug”) in a fake uniform with a toy pistol. No one takes you into the dark side of the New York Police Department like Frank Hickey. Suspense lovers can’t afford to miss this tour de force.” ~Thomas Fleming (Author, Liberty Tavern)
“I worked with the author for many years, and Max Royster is a reflection of Frank’s unique persona. Both walk among cops, scholars, artists and politicians and never find themselves out of place, whether around a freight yard bonfire surrounded by ragamuffins or living on a sampan in the Pearl River delta. Their one true bond is their incorruptible spirit and Holmesian obsession to get their man, bloodhounds who live, breathe and sweat the excitement of the chase and capture.”
~ Dr. Robert Tarwacki, Ph.D. (Ex-street cop, Detective Commander and
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, LoyolaUniversity – New Orleans)