Flic: The True Story of the Journalist Who Infiltrated 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.

Thierry Chavant is the artistic director of the Nouvel Eldorado ad agency. He has been illustrating comics since 2005.

Frank Wynne is an award-winning translator from French and Spanish, who has translated works by Michel Houellebecq, Claude Lanzmann, Frédéric Beigbeder and Yasmina Khadra. He is the author of I Was Vermeer, a nonfiction book about art forger Han van Meegeren.

"What [Gendrot] depicts is a world of nihilistic cynicism. Stewing in racist invective and anti-bureaucratic rage at the mountains of paperwork they are buried under, Gendrot's fellow officers come across as frustrated and thwarted. They take that anger out on usually defenseless immigrants. While Gendrot depicts many potent scenes of vindictive violence--at one point, he witnesses cops pummeling a teenager with all the vicious senselessness of a scene out of A Clockwork Orange--he also digs into the policing institution's sad state of logistical affairs. After one officer kills himself, Gendrot delves into the sense of helplessness that leads so many other police to do the same (51 in 2017). The work builds into an empathetic chronicle of human suffering, with Gendrot emerging more mystified more than outraged. It's a thought-provoking affront to any reader looking for simple solutions."
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for Cop:

"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."
--Mark Sanderson, Crime Club