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Former Los Angeles Police Department police officer Charles Stoker blasted 1940s corruption in the LAPD.  In 1951, Charles Stoker published “Thicker’n Thieves.”  According to the book cover, “where corrupt police officers, venal politicians and office-holders claimed to have been fighting the underworld, Stocker fought it personally, furiously and with everything at his command to the point where he was framed and fired for “CONDUCT UNBECOMING A POLICE OFFICER” because he testified to the fact before the 1949 Los Angeles Grand Jury.  Aside from being a cold steel account of what transpired during his tenure as an officer, this is the highly human story of young Texan, Stoker.”  Stoker’s 1951 bombshell is now a 2006 collectable, selling for as much as $500.

The Publisher said of the updated version, “Thicker'N Thieves: The 1950 Factual Expose of Police-Pay-Offs, Graft, Political Corruption and Prostitution in Los Angeles and Hollywood is the full, fearless expose by former LAPD vice-squad Sgt. Charles Stoker. Twenty-years before SERPICO there was STOKER. The Stoker Story originally published in 1951 and written by a rank-and-file LAPD vice-cop, reveals 1940s Los Angeles as it was-"THE CITY OF ANGLES." Inside these pages you will read how a Main Street street-walker, Marie Mitchell, zoomed to national fame as Brenda Allen-L.A.'s notorious vice queen-with the help and protection of the "city fathers" in cahoots with the underworld. You will "listen in" on the wire-tap recordings of Brenda getting her instructions from the high brass on the police won't believe the conniving, crime-full corruption, that cost Stoker his job when he finally trapped, call house madame, Brenda Allen. Sgt. Stoker's expose provides us with a real-time ride-along with LAPD as they secretly wire-tap gangster Mickey Cohen's mansion, then demand $20,000 in extortion monies for the incriminating tapes. You are present in the jury-room as Sgt. Stoker presents his secret testimony to the 1949 Grand Jury, detailing police corruption and pay-offs. His whistle-blowing revelations resulted in a felony indictment and the forced retirement of LAPD Chief of Police, C.B. "Cowboy" Horrall as well as causing formal charges to be filed against four of Horrall's top command officers. T'NT is dynamite! In writing this story, and in his long fight to have it published most publishers considered it "too hot to handle"-the highest compliment paid to Stoker was the frequent remark, "Publish this book and it will cost you your life!" The 1949 Grand Jury Foreman agreed. Here is the actual headline from the Los Angeles Times dated. July 8, 1948: Grand Jury Chief Fears for Life of Stoker After He Testifies Again The L.A. Times article goes on to quote grand-jury foreman Harry Lawson: "Stoker is the real informer in this case. Brenda Allen is just peanuts compared to what he has given us. He should be under guard. If he continues to name names and situations like he did today he will be found dead on the curb within five days." Pub. Note- The original 1951 hardback limited edition of T'NT by Sidereal Company, Los Angeles, is long out of print. (The few rare copies listed for sale on the Internet, are priced between $300-$500) This republished paperback edition makes Thicker'N Thieves - The Stoker Story available to the general public for the first time since its original limited printing some sixty-years ago. This 2011 edition is true to the original. None of the author's words have been changed or edited. Additions to the 2011 edition include: A Foreword by Steve Hodel, NYT bestselling author and retired LAPD homicide detective; photographs and "Line-Up" of many of the original "players" named in the Stoker Story.”

Thicker'N Thieves: The Factual Expose of Police Pay-Offs, Graft, Political Corruption and Prostitution in Los Angeles and Hollywood
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