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With honor and purpose : an ex-FBI investigator reports from the front lines of crime
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 322 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Book HV7911.K39A3 1998 1 .SOURCE. ING,62048,6/98

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Kirkus Review

A retired FBI field commander reports on his quarter-century with the bureau. Kerby joined the FBI in 1969 and was delighted by the princely salary of $11,626 and the opportunity to serve justice. He romanticizes the good old days to a certain extent. But he was a committed G-man, and devoted his life to solving bank robberies and busting up prostitution ringsŽcrimes he thinks seem too small-time for FBI agents today. His early days at the Albany bureau were marked by several errors, such as the time he and a few other agents stopped a bank robbery by forming a circle around the would-be thieves and pointing their gunsŽthey would have ended up shooting one another. These days, writes Kerby, agents form an L around a suspect. Kerby is still incensed about Dog Ferguson, a big-shot pimp who liked to revisit his high school in Columbus, Ohio, with his best-looking girls draped on his arms. It drove Kerby to distraction that other agents let the pimp be, and he made catching the slippery Dog his top priority. Kerby's instincts were correct. Dog had contacts across the continent and was discovered to be among the most powerful pimps in the country. Dog also had many Ohio State University coeds on his payroll. Just days after one of his retired girls was seen talking to Kerby, she had a mysterious and fatal fall down her stairs. One of Kerby's sweetest moments was watching Dog go to jail. While short on the blockbuster crime-busting of other FBI memoirs, this book is full of intriguing detailsŽlike the undercover agent who developed such a craving for bologna that he gained 60 pounds while on assignmentŽthat bring the FBI to life. An intelligent and welcome addition to a somewhat overloaded shelf.

Booklist Review

What with disdainful references to outrages such as "an arcane legal technicality that even the lawyers had trouble understanding," this cop memoir reads like Dragnet with invective. Former FBI field commander Kerby and cowriter Garvin romp through the world of true crime recorded in the bureau's files. Highlights include revelations that Soviet diplomats love smut, that there were "half a dozen Ohio State coeds who were hooking their way through school," and that "the Bureau's original concern--that [Martin] Luther King was falling under Communist influence--was well-founded." Civil libertarians may balk a bit at Kerby's devotion to civil order and decency, yet his book makes ripping good stuff as light reading unencumbered by doubts about who the good guys are or what constitutes good. A bracing, highly readable account of Dog Ferguson, Monk Huffman, and the other madcap miscreants who ran afoul of agent Kerby. (Reviewed April 15, 1998)0312182244Mike Tribby