WayDownintheHole

Way Down in the Hole

$26.99

Available May 2

Ed Norris’ career arc was dazzling.

He spent 20 years as a crime-fighting savant with the New York Police Department, rising from beat cop to deputy commissioner of operations at age 36. As police commissioner of Baltimore, he breathed life into a demoralized force that lowered the city’s infamous homicide count for the first time in a decade. After the 911 attacks, he took over the Maryland State Police and pushed innovative anti-terrorism strategies that made him a national leader in the field.

At the University of Virginia, they taught a graduate course about how his leadership techniques transformed one of the most violent cities in the country.

He was the golden boy of law enforcement, a brash, larger-than-life figure with a taste for fine restaurants, bespoke clothing and fast motorcycles.

Then it all came crashing down.

An investigation into a little-known police expense account morphed into what many felt was a politically-motivated hit job by federal prosecutors. Corruption charges were spiced with lurid allegations of pricey dinners with women and gifts purchased at Victoria’s Secret. Ed Norris protested his innocence, but landed in federal prison. Thus began the hellish ordeal that ultimately cost him his livelihood, reputation, health and marriage.

This is the incredible story of America’s most promising cop, the dark forces that brought him down and his long, emotional journey back from the abyss.

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Ed Norris’ career arc was dazzling.

He spent 20 years as a crime-fighting savant with the New York Police Department, rising from beat cop to deputy commissioner of operations at age 36. As police commissioner of Baltimore, he breathed life into a demoralized force that lowered the city’s infamous homicide count for the first time in a decade. After the 911 attacks, he took over the Maryland State Police and pushed innovative anti-terrorism strategies that made him a national leader in the field.

At the University of Virginia, they taught a graduate course about how his leadership techniques transformed one of the most violent cities in the country.

He was the golden boy of law enforcement, a brash, larger-than-life figure with a taste for fine restaurants, bespoke clothing and fast motorcycles.

Then it all came crashing down.

An investigation into a little-known police expense account morphed into what many felt was a politically-motivated hit job by federal prosecutors. Corruption charges were spiced with lurid allegations of pricey dinners with women and gifts purchased at Victoria’s Secret. Ed Norris protested his innocence, but landed in federal prison. Thus began the hellish ordeal that ultimately cost him his livelihood, reputation, health and marriage.

This is the incredible story of America’s most promising cop, the dark forces that brought him down and his long, emotional journey back from the abyss.

ED NORRIS is the former police commissioner of Baltimore and former superintendant of the Maryland State Police. Before that, he had a prestigious 19-year-career with the New York Police Department, beginning as a patrolman and rising to the rank of deputy commissioner of operations at the age of 36.

Norris had a recurring role on the HBO hit police drama “The Wire,” appearing in 22 episodes over five years, and was the star of the 2009 Discovery Channel documentary, “Jack the Ripper in America.”

He is the co-host of the popular “Norris & Long Show” on Baltimore’s sports-talk station 105.7 The Fan.

He lives in Carroll County.

KEVIN COWHERD is the New York Times best-selling author of “Hothead” and five other baseball novels for young readers written with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. This is his fourth book of non-fiction for Apprentice House Press.

Cowherd was an award-winning sports and features writer for the Baltimore Sun for 32 years and has written for Men’s Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines. A collection of his newspaper columns, “Last Call at the 7-Eleven,” can still be found in fine remainder bins everywhere.

He lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife, Nancy.