Interview with Author Pete Thron – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Pete Thron

End of Tour is Pete Thron’s first published book. Pete is from United States.  Drugs, blood, murder, money, busts, shootings – just another day in the life of NYC Housing Police Officer – Pete Thron. He was a rising star in the department’s Housing Authority PD during the era of the war on drugs in Upper Manhattan, conducting top secret undercover operations, squeezing snitches for information, and arresting criminals.

Then in a split second, his career came crashing down during a buy-and-bust operation gone away, becoming victim to the city’s brutal police politics. Finding himself behind bars and betrayed by the job he loved and bled for, Thron switches gears to give a brutally honest portrait of a street cop serving time in the New York penal system among the hardened criminals he once arrested.

This terrifying portrayal of the dark side of police work is a great human interest story about the men in blue and the dangers they face every day on the streets of major cities everywhere, all while navigating the twisted politics of the New York justice system, human behavior that is both shocking and amazingly true.

Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book

Pete Thron: The book covers my early days in the late eighties patrolling the dangerous NYC housing authority projects in Upper Manhattan, while I was in uniform. It was during that time I honed my skills conducting surveillance on the drug gangs on top of the rooftops that surround the housing projects. I had become obsessed with making drug arrest. The only thing that was on mind was getting into a plainclothes unit to become an undercover narc. By 1991 I was put into a unit ran by the Federal government in Downtown Manhattan, ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms). I stayed with that unit close to 2 years.

Then in 1993 I went back to my old command thinking I was going to be promoted to detective. Only to be placed back into the plainclothes unit. Later that year a buy and bust operation went south and I found myself back in uniform. In 1995 I was put on trial for offenses I didn’t commit. It was during the time of the Mollen commission. They investigated NYPD cops from Brooklyn and Uptown Manhattan who were dirty. I was thrown in the batch with the cops from Manhattans 30th precinct. I was later convicted of non-violent felonies, and served almost 2 years in prison.

Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing?

Pete Thron: The most challenging aspect of writing this book was reliving the events that took place as a police officer and being incarcerated.

Ramona: What motivated you to become an author?

Pete Thron: I became an author because I consider myself knowledgeable in the criminal justice system.  I have seen both sides of the law.

Ramona: What brought you to write your books?

Pete Thron: Well when I would tell friends and family members of what transpired in my life as a cop and being incarcerated, most of them said you Pete should write a book.

Ramona: How many books have you written so far?

Pete Thron: End of Tour is my first book. I am currently working on a second book.

Ramona: What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Pete Thron: The books that were instrumental in my life are Serpico, Under and Alone, Super Cops, and Street Warrior.

Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Pete Thron: My advice to aspiring authors is stick to subjects and things that you know about and have patience while you write.

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One comment

  1. james Branciforte says:

    This sounds like a great story! How can I get this book?

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