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Cop Out (1969)

Who are you, Malone? Just a little while ago you were a cop. That was before the two punks and their girl hit town. That was before they boosted a payroll and shot down a man and took your 9-year-old daughter as insurance to cover their getaway. Now you're just a man. Scared. Not for yourself--that would be easy. But for your child, the only thing in the world you love enough to make you play ball with the kind of scum you've hated all your life. Except that you're one of them now. You've crossed the line no cop can ever cross. And there's just one desperate way of getting back. 

Furia backed his way out. At the door he said, "Remember, cop, that's your kid we got. So don't be a hero." And he was gone. They were left alone with the black bag.
Then Ellen whirled and said in a voice filled with hate, "You great big policeman you. You cowardly son-of-a-bitch, you let them take my Bibby away. You let them!" and she was punching his chest and sobbing and he put his arms around her and said in a hoarseness of baffled rage, "Ellen, they won't hurt her, I'll kill them, they want that money more than anything, don't cry, Ellen, I'll get her back"

Cop Out - cover SignetCop Out - cover Penguin, 1969Cop Out - cover edition Gollancz, London, 1969

A hard-boiled crime story, not a mystery in any sense. Lee insisted it was not ghost-written. It was long suspected as one of their farmed-out paperback originals that they thought could make it as a hardcover. Dannay himself confirmed this in person to Francis Nevins.
For this book Lee did research by riding along at night with a New Milford (Connecticut) police patrol, this certainly paid off as this was one of the more authentic books for some time.

Cop Out - cover The World Publishing Company, 1969Cop Out - 10 cent hardcoverCop Out - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Robert Fass, July 1. 2014Cop Out - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, August 4, 2015


Uitgeteld - dutch coverFric Frac Flic - cover French edition, éditions Presses de la Cité, Collection Mystère, Nr.105, 1970Bulle Raus - cover German edition Ullstein 1271 (edition in honour of 40 years of Queen pockets!),1969. Translation by Martin LewittLetzte Karte für die Hölle - German edition of 'Cop Out'Letzte Karte für die Hölle - cover German edition Bastei-Lübbe Verlag, 1987Letzte Karte für den Feierabend - German edition Scherz-Verlag N° 144
Disertore di coscienza - Italian edition Mondadori, series I classici del Giallo Mondadori, N° 1090, 21.12.1969Disertore di coscienza - Italian edition Disertore di coscienza - Cover Italian edition Mondadori, 2009Bortført - Cover Danish editionBortført - Cover Danish edition, 2015, Rosenkilde BahnhofTyttö panttina - cover Finnish edition, 1970

Cop Out Translations
Danish:Bortført 
Dutch/Flemish: Uitgeteld 
Finnish:Tyttö panttina 
French: Fric Frac Flic 
German: Letzte Karte für die Hölle (aka Bulle raus 
aka Letzte Karte für den Feierabend) 
Greek: Οι απαγωγείς 
Italian: Disertore di coscienza 
Japanese: 孤独の島 
Russian: Я больше не полицейский 

Я больше не полицейский - Cover Russian edition, 1993Οι απαγωγείς - Cover Greek edition, Viper, 1973Οι απαγωγείς - Cover Greek edition, 2009, Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Λαμπράκη (Lambrakis)Я больше не полицейский - Cover Russian edition, 2007 (includes Drury Lane's Last Case & The Last Man Club)Cop Out - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa, 1979, re-issued Jun 30.1991

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