On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped by a car full of gun-toting thugs. Hoping to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card, they took him, blindfolded, to a Brooklyn apartment, and improvised. All night, his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and even offered him sexual favors from their prostitute girlfriends as a "birthday present".
As Alpert talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, and memorized every detail he could, his law-enforcement colleagues launched a major police and FBI investigation that would take many strange twists and turns.
Filled with immediacy, drama, and extraordinary characters, The Birthday Party reads like a thriller - but every word is true.
"One of the most exhilarating, improbable New York stories ever told." (The New York Times)
"Harrowing....An effective, one-two punch of a memoir." (Booklist)
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Smart decisions until he's released
Yes, it was an interesting and entertaining read
-- SPOILER ALERT --
The author/victim made very good decisions while in the hands of his captors but the moment he is released he turns into a complete dunce.
For example, the first thing he does when released is try to call his father, then his friends... then more friends... then his father again! How about this, dumb-ass, call the f-ing cops!
Later, he gets a threatening voice mail from one of the criminals and, yet again, we can rely on our hero to ignore it and make no mention of passing this onto the cops! This is even worse because if a snitch hadn't alerted the cops, the criminal would have, at the very leased, attempted to kill his own lawyer.
He has no excuse for acting in such a cavalier manner. He's a lawyer for f-cks sake! He should know better!
It moved me in the wrong way and made me incredibly frustrated with the author.
I would definitely suggest reading this book with the caveat that the end has a good chance to frustrate the reader.
Since there haven't been any SERIOUS...