Stay Thirsty Interview with NYPD Super Cop Ralph Friedman


There’s a great interview in the Summer quarterly of Stay Thirsty Publishing, who also puts out my Rick Crane Noir novels.

It’s with NYPD Super Cop Ralph Friedman. Here’s an excerpt, asking Friedman, one of the NYPD’s most decorated officers, how he decided to join the force:

I was out on a Friday night with two friends and as we were going home I asked what they were doing tomorrow and they said they were taking the police exam (it was a walk-in test in the 60’s). I said, “Knock on my door, if I get up, I’ll go with you.” I took the test the next day and after the test I was thinking that being a cop would be a good job: I could move up without college, plus I’d be working in the street, not confined to an office, which I could never do, and it seemed like it would be an adventure. My parents really wanted me to go to college. Before I got the moving job, my father tried to bribe me to go to college by getting me my dream car (’67 Pontiac GTO), which he couldn’t really afford but he had to take a loan or whatever to get it. My parents also felt police work wasn’t really for Jews. We had no friends or family that were police officers. I would be the first, but my brother would follow four years later.

Read the whole thing. It’s great. From Steven Jay Griffel, the author of four Stay Thirsty novels, including The Deadline and Forty Years Later

Check it out..

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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