Cop: A Journalist Infiltrates the Police

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About the Author

Born in 1988, Valentin Gendrot worked on local newspapers and radio after graduating from journalism college, and carried out several undercover investigations--including working on a Toyota production line and in a Lidl supermarket--before joining the Paris police force.

Frank Wynne has translated the work of numerous French and Hispanic authors, including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Javier Cercas, and Virginie Despentes. His work has earned him many prizes, including the Scott Moncrieff Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Houellebecq for The Elementary Particles. Most recently, his translation of Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's Animalia won the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize.

"An explosive new book by an investigative journalist has drawn fresh attention to police brutality and racism in France... chronicles the author's training and the six months he spent as a police officer in one of Paris' poorest districts... its vivid portrayal underlines how France's history of racism and present-day police tactics have remained relatively unexamined."
--Matt Bradley, NBC News

"A journalist who spent almost six months undercover in a Paris police force witnessed racism, almost daily violence and a culture of impunity for officers who mistreated civilians... The book's release follows a period of increased criticism of police in France."
--Jamie Clifton, Vice

"A remarkable coup ... True crime doesn't get more real than this."
-The Times