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“HOW YA DOIN’?”

With these four syllables, delivered in an unmistakably authentic New York accent, Steve Osborne has riveted thousands of people at the legendary storytelling venue The Moth (and many tens of thousands more via YouTube) with his hilarious, profane, and touching tales from his twenty years as an NYPD street cop. Steve Osborne is the real deal, people: the tough, streetwise New York cop of your dreams, one with a big, big heart. Kojak? NYPD Blue? Law & Order? Fuggedaboudem! The Job blows them out of the water.
     Steve Osborne has seen a thing or two in his years in the NYPD—some harmless, some definitely not. In “Stakeout,” Steve and his partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect, and reduce the man to a puddle of snot and tears when questioning him. In “Mug Shot,” the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange request and provides a sobering reminder of the humanity at stake in his profession. And in “Home,” the image of Steve’s family provides the adrenaline he needs to fight for his life when assaulted by two armed and violent crackheads. 
     From stories about his days as a rookie cop to the time spent patrolling in the Anti-Crime Unit—and his visceral, harrowing recollections of working during the weeks after 9/11— The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop captures the humanity, the absurdity, and the dark humor of police work, as well as the bravery of those who do it. These stories will speak to those nostalgic for the New York City of the 1980s and ’90s, a bygone era when the city was a crazier, more dangerous (and possibly more interesting) place.

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"Osborne has the macabre sense of humor people in adrenaline-jacked jobs often develop, as well as the yarn spinner''s gift for building to the big reveal."
The New York Times Book Review

"Cops are innately good storytellers, and Osborne must be one of the best."
Booklist, starred review

"Tonally, he comes off as an avuncular, world-weary tough guy, embodying the “cops know best” attitude that many find alienating. Yet he elevates his perspective by displaying empathy for the civilians, victims and even criminals he has encountered, drawing complex lines between the “lost souls” and “evil motherfuckers” of the underworld... [T]hese punchy policing tales seem provocatively true to life."
Kirkus Reviews

"Not only was Osborne an excellent policeman (he retired as a lieutenant and the commanding officer of the Manhattan Gang Squad), he''s a fabulous storyteller, crafting his memories into well-honed tales filled with drama, humor and heart."
—BookPage

“Steve Osborne is a born storyteller, and anyone expecting a cop book to be filled with action and adventure won’t be disappointed with The Job. But what makes this story so powerful is its compassion and bittersweet comedy, the unexpected moments in which the worst situations bring out the best in people. Anyone who knows a cop—or wants to—should read this book.”   
—Edward Conlon, author of Blue Blood

“Nobody tells a cop story better than a cop, and Osborne tells them as well as I’ve ever heard (and I’ve heard a lot of them). Go buy this book, for the chases, the laughs, and the poignancy. Go buy it now, especially now, because for every bad cop there are twenty heroic ones—and Steve Osborne was one of them.”
—Brian McDonald, author of My Father’s Gun: One Family. Three Badges. One Hundred Years in the NYPD

About the Author

STEVE OSBORNE was a New York City police officer for twenty years, retiring in 2003 as a lieutenant and commanding officer of the Manhattan Gang Squad, with numerous citations for his police work. He has told his stories before packed audiences at The Moth storytelling venues across the United States. He has written for The New York Times and USA Today. Now a consultant for television and film productions, Osborne lives in upstate New York with his wife and their two dogs, Jingles and Duke.

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SalsaFrenzy
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My 15 year old son wants to be a police officer...
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2018
Good read that had me near tears at one point. I bought this because my 15 year-old son wants to be a police officer, and I wanted him to have a look at what it''s really like. I would rather him be an engineer or a scientist but he has to make his own choices. Anyway, I... See more
Good read that had me near tears at one point. I bought this because my 15 year-old son wants to be a police officer, and I wanted him to have a look at what it''s really like. I would rather him be an engineer or a scientist but he has to make his own choices. Anyway, I enjoyed reading the book and the author is a good story teller if a bit long-winded in certain parts. But that is to be forgiven as he is trying to convey the complex emotions one has when confronted by situations normal people don''t have to be confronted with. I came away from the book with more respect and understanding for police officers than I had before. I still think there are things that leadership needs to work on in terms of police brutality and etc. And there can never be too much training I don''t think. If we want to support our local police we should support them with the training they need to handle potentially ugly situations in the most professional way possible.
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David W Putnam
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great read
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2020
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I was a cop for thirty-one years so I might be coming at this book differently than most readers, though this book has been well received and deservedly so. The book is comprised of vignettes, short stories of events that occurred in the... See more
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I was a cop for thirty-one years so I might be coming at this book differently than most readers, though this book has been well received and deservedly so. The book is comprised of vignettes, short stories of events that occurred in the author''s career as a cop in New York. The voice is smooth and natural and most of all believable. What makes this book stand out among the many others on this topic is the sincerity, the honest and unflinching. I highly recommend this book.
David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series.
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Ellen Tucker
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Wonderful stories from a true-blue cop
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2016
Anyone worried about policing in America today should take the time to read this moving and funny book. Osborne is doubtlessly one of the best who have worn the badge; but in other ways, he gives you a realistic account of what everyday policing is like in one of the most... See more
Anyone worried about policing in America today should take the time to read this moving and funny book. Osborne is doubtlessly one of the best who have worn the badge; but in other ways, he gives you a realistic account of what everyday policing is like in one of the most challenging urban settings in America. He also conveys the mindset of those who do this work: why they are committed to "The Job," how they view the range of criminals they encounter (many of them small-time crooks who Osborne can view with a degree of compassion, even as he''s slamming them against the pavement), how they maintain their cool and their sanity, and how they find humor in the strange situations they find themselves in. Osborne does not expect his superiors or the public he works among to understand why he does what he does in the way he does, but he knows what he has to do, and throughout his career he manages to take down bad guys without shooting any of them. In this he shows humility, focus, and great resourcefulness. Many of his stories are hilarious, and others are heartbreaking, but on the whole he gives us an optimistic account not only of policing in America but also of human nature.
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William C. Dwyer
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Cops know
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2019
I liked Steve''s book a lot. I am hoping he reads my review because I would really like to contact him. If you read this, Steve please send me an email at Simon645@aol.com. I am a retired Boston cop and we share a brotherhodd that only cops appreciate. The general public... See more
I liked Steve''s book a lot. I am hoping he reads my review because I would really like to contact him. If you read this, Steve please send me an email at Simon645@aol.com. I am a retired Boston cop and we share a brotherhodd that only cops appreciate. The general public largely does not understand what a police officer is constantly exposed to. .Especially in the Big Apple. The author tells it like it is and I can relate. Just about every cops who actively does the job has a plethora of exciting, interesting stories. This book is well woth the read. I congratulate the author for taking the time to write and publish an entertaining book. Congratualtions. For the readers, trust me you''ll enjoy it.
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William B. Fokes
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Three reasons why this book is GREAT!!!
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2015
This book was the best cop book I have read in years and I read 15 or 20 per year. It is great first because the author was a great cop - enthusiastic and anxious to get the bad guys throughout a long career. It is great secondly because his career was in New York City, the... See more
This book was the best cop book I have read in years and I read 15 or 20 per year. It is great first because the author was a great cop - enthusiastic and anxious to get the bad guys throughout a long career. It is great secondly because his career was in New York City, the ultimate place to fight crime. Most importantly,it is great because the author is an absolutely gifted writer. His descriptions are vivid word pictures. His words will also make you laugh, cry, get mad and rejoice as you read his true life stories. I wish I could read more books by him, but this is his whole story. Everyone who respects cops should read it. Everyone who reads it will respect cops.
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Steve Magnino
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Osborne is the real deal and his gem of a book is a winner!
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2016
I came across this book quite by accident and talk about serendipitous good fortune! The wife had C-Span''s Book TV on the tube. They were broadcasting from a Methodist church in Savannah as part of the city''s annual book festival. When Steve Osborne stepped to the pulpit,... See more
I came across this book quite by accident and talk about serendipitous good fortune! The wife had C-Span''s Book TV on the tube. They were broadcasting from a Methodist church in Savannah as part of the city''s annual book festival. When Steve Osborne stepped to the pulpit, er podium, I wasn''t sure what to expect, and I was blown away. He''s the real deal -- from his Noo Yawk accent to his beat cop intensity -- but you can''t judge a book by its cover or an author by his. Osborne is engaging, articulate, and funny as hell. The man speaks from the heart and, as you might expect, he has seen more than his fair share of serious s***, but here''s the deal. You would think that constantly seeing people at their worst and in the worst of situations would suck your soul right out of your body, but Osborne writes with a humanity and empathy that is compelling and moving. To be our "best selves" on our "worst days" is a high bar to which many of us aspire, and a standard that Steve Osborne has cleared many times. The book is a fun read. It''s like having a cop giving you the skinny over a couple of beers in a bar. I''d love to tell you it''s the next best thing to being there, but that''s not really true. Being able to vicariously experience some of the stuff that Osborne so skillfully describes is, in my estimation, actually preferable to being there. Osborne strikes me as an example worthy of emulation among those who wear the badge as well as the rest of us in terms of how we treat people. Borne out of his stories, Osborne shows us how to make a difference if we only have the willingness to look for the opportunities around us every day, and the courage to act on what we see.
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Phyllis D
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Hard to put down.
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2015
Osborn blends the seedy and depressing with the humorous and uplifting side of police work, like a well mixed cocktail. He describes his experiences in a way many police officers can relate to. Hopefully, he gives some insight to those who don''t know or think they know... See more
Osborn blends the seedy and depressing with the humorous and uplifting side of police work, like a well mixed cocktail. He describes his experiences in a way many police officers can relate to. Hopefully, he gives some insight to those who don''t know or think they know what it''s like to wear the uniform.
He conveys his experiences in gripping and compassionate accounts of what were and still are, some of the Big Apple''s most colorful precincts. Those who have never worn a badge and gun may have their eyes opened and hopefully their minds. For those who have, many have walked in the same shoes. Great reading!!!
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David P.
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Raw and deeply human.
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
I love this book, read it twice, and will read it consistently throughout my life. Steve has the gift of writing and storytelling; a lethal combination for a cop. His stories are raw and deeply human. But be warned, this isn’t CHIPS or The Andy Griffith Show. If you’re... See more
I love this book, read it twice, and will read it consistently throughout my life. Steve has the gift of writing and storytelling; a lethal combination for a cop. His stories are raw and deeply human. But be warned, this isn’t CHIPS or The Andy Griffith Show. If you’re mature and want to see what the men and women who serve actually put up with, read this book. If you’re not mature, read this book; you might just learn something.
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Emily Jane Williams
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AMAZING!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 20, 2016
I cannot rate this book highly enough. I LOVED reading it. It is absolutely fascinating and this is the only book I have ever read that has had me laughing until tears were streaming down my face, crying like a baby (the dog chapter) and literally being too terrified to...See more
I cannot rate this book highly enough. I LOVED reading it. It is absolutely fascinating and this is the only book I have ever read that has had me laughing until tears were streaming down my face, crying like a baby (the dog chapter) and literally being too terrified to turn the page, all in the same book. Steve Osborne is a massively talented writer and gives real insight into the life of a New York City Cop. He has had an amazing life and I feel so privileged to have been able to read about it. Definitely a must read!
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Red Kite
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Well written and enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2015
Really enjoyed this book, which is very well written and has a good range of police stories- some funny, some sad. One of the better police memoirs, I think
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Rick D
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I really enjoyed Steve Osborne''s book and could identify with some of ...
Reviewed in Canada on March 30, 2018
Being a retired police officer and author myself, I really enjoyed Steve Osborne''s book and could identify with some of the situations and issues that he wrote about. Believe me, when I say that writing about your own personal life and career is not always an easy thing to...See more
Being a retired police officer and author myself, I really enjoyed Steve Osborne''s book and could identify with some of the situations and issues that he wrote about. Believe me, when I say that writing about your own personal life and career is not always an easy thing to do. I also commend Steve for his years of service in the NYPD. Hope all is well and that you continue to enjoy your retirement! Rick DiGiandomenico amazon.com/author/rickdigiandomenico
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