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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 - dust cover New American Library in ass. with The World Publishing Company, Book Club Edition, March 1969 (1st)Cop Out - hardcover The World Publishing Company, Book Club Edition, 1969Cop Out - dust cover edition Gollancz, London, 1969
Above left to right: dust and hardcover for New American Library in association with The World Publishing Company (1969); dustcover Gollancz (1969)*
Published in the U.S. on the occasion of Manfred/Lee's 40th anniversary with a hard cover (in a more difficult market share). A hard-boiled crime story, not a mystery in any sense. Billed on its cover as “Different From Any Detective Story Ellery Queen Has Ever Written.” prompting speculation it was long suspected as one of their farmed-out paperback originals that they thought could make it as a hardcover. Cop Out was so different to any of their work readers doubted it's origins. Janet Maslin in the New York Times said it was "disillusioning ….too coarse to sound like Dannay and Lee's [the original writers] work."
Cop Out - cover pocket book edition, Signet T4196, 1970 (3rd printing)Cop Out - cover pocket book edition, Penguin, 1969 (1st) (cover design Goodwin Sorrell)Cop Out - cover pocket book edition, Signet 451-Y6996, 1976Cop Out/The Last Woman in his Life - cover pocket book edition "A Signet Double Mystery" , 451 AE 1562, June 1, 1982
Cop Out - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Robert Fass, July 1. 2014Cop Out - cover Road, August 4, 2015
Lee insisted it was not ghost-written. Dannay himself confirmed this in person to Francis Nevins: " I wouldn’t have believed it myself except that Fred Dannay looked me in the eye and told me unequivocally that he and Manny and no others had conceived and written the entire book."
Fred went on confirming that the objective with Cop Out was to do something utterly and completely different from anything he and Manny had ever done before.
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.

So it's safe to establish that Lee with this novel conquered writer's block, a book of which he was very proud.
"Cop Out" was published in "Star Weekly" in several volumes between April 17 and 24, 1969 (Illustration by Jim McCarthy)."Cop Out" was published in "Star Weekly" in several volumes between April 17 and 24, 1969 (Illustration by Jim McCarthy).
Above: Cop Out was published in Star Weekly in several volumes between April 17 and 24, 1969 (Illustration by Jim McCarthy).

Uitgeteld - cover Dutch pocket book edition, Het Spectrum Prisma-Detective N° 197, 1971.Fric 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 - cover Italian edition, I Classici Del Giallo Mondadori, 1988Disertore di coscienza - Cover Italian edition Mondadori, 2009Bortført - Cover Danish editionBortført - Cover Danish edition, 2015, Rosenkilde BahnhofTyttö panttina - cover Finnish edition, 1970

Cop Out Translations
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)Последнее дело Друри Лейна - cover Russian compilation, includes "Drury Lane's Last Case" (Последнее дело Друри Лейна"), "Cop Out" (Я больше не коп) & "The Last Man Club" (Клуб оставшихся) and "The Murdered Millionaire" (Убийство миллионера), publisher Centrograph (Центрполиграф), 2007.Cop Out - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa, 1979, re-issued Jun 30.1991

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