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Publisher's Summary

'The difference between a good detective and a successful criminal is paper thin' - CID induction lecture'
Welcome to the Criminal Investigation Department, aka the Crime Factory. Where the cops take and sell drugs (or steal them from the police storeroom); where they fit up, 'verbal' and harrass criminals, fight each other, drink-drive, abuse search warrants, have sex with sources, stab one another in the back (metaphorically), put each other under surveillance; abuse every aspect of their power, take bribes, cover up scandals, massage crime stats, and leak sensitive information to the The Crime Factory. Where they perform life-saving medical care in the street, comfort people as they die, deal with gruesome suicides and murders as first-on-scene, attend cot-death post-mortems, examine rotting dead junkies for signs of murder, watch guilty rapists and paedophiles walk free, fight drunk soldiers, gypsies and various psychotic individuals, go undercover to catch scumbags who force-feed them crack, find missing children, arrest thieves, muggers, dealers, rapists and murderers…The Crime Factory. It's enough to drive anyone insane.
The first book of its kind, this is the unforgettable and explosive true story of what life is really like as a police detective in the twenty-first century. Officer 'A' spent twelve years as a police officer, ten of which were as a CID detective. He resigned from the police in April 2010 and currently consults in private security and co-owns a successful business.
©2012 Andy Jennings (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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By Tim on 10-15-17

Interesting insight..

Lots of mini stories which do a good job delving into the lives of police officers, while highlighting the double standards and loyalty of the force. It was an interesting book, which lacked substance at times and over delivered at others. Worth a listen for sure..

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By Mav on 05-28-14

Loved it!

What did you like most about The Crime Factory?

It is an accurate picture of policing today and the highs and lows it contains. I may have enjoyed it more than most as I have a recent Police background but I think it could also be enjoyed by others.<br/><br/> It is obvious that Damien McIntyre (Officer A) still has a real axe to grind against Surrey but it is a real rollercoaster of a story. I think the issues of PTSD and burnout are relevant to anyone on a high pressure job environment and there are plenty of those inside and outside the Police.

What other book might you compare The Crime Factory to, and why?

Haven't read anything like this before.

Which character – as performed by Damian Lynch – was your favourite?

It is non-fiction so this question isn't relevant but Mr Lynch reads it well and is easy on the ears.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Warm Fuzz

Any additional comments?

I bought it for a couple of quid in the sale and definitely would never have selected it otherwise. I would have missed a treat. If you like autobiographies written by 'real' people as opposed to celebrities then I recommend you buy this. If you are thinking about going into the Police service then this should be required reading.<br/><br/>The moral of the story - watch what you say out loud at work.

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By Minnou BH on 07-16-15

Very true and moving

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would, having been married to a Policeman and detective, I know just how shockingly true this book is.

What did you like best about this story?

The very real portrayal of the police establishment, hierarchy etc plus the continued deterioration of the public's respect for the police in general and as human beings in particular.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The same as the book title.

Any additional comments?

Having a certain understanding, the initial descriptions of the rank and file of the Police force made me laugh a lot, the last chapters dealing with the Authors complete breakdown was very touching and true and happens to so many of those in the front lines. I feel comments regarding the lack of acknowledgement by the powers that be to be justified.I found this book a fascinating read. The narrator is also excellent.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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