Peter Benjaminson

Selected Works

Nonfiction
The first biography of Mary Wells ever published. Click on the "Mary Wells" link below under "Quick Links" to visit www.marywellsbook.com for excerpts, reviews, table of contents, updates, purchase information, etc.
The biography of the founder of the Supremes, who died in poverty. Click on "The Lost Supreme" link under "Quick Links" below to visit this book's website.
The first book ever written on the decline of big-city afternoon newspapers in America.
The first how-to book ever written on investigative reporting.
The first book ever written about the Motown Record Company.
The inside story of the police who root out the criminals among NYC civil servants.

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Secret Police: Inside the New York City Department of Investigation


A former Department of Investigation insider accuses Mayor Giuliani in a new book of turning the city corruption-fighting agency into a "lap dog" for City Hall. In Secret Police, former DOI press secretary Peter Benjaminson accuses Giuliani of using the agency to probe his administration's enemies and cover up its sins." - NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"Benjaminson's book... shows the contrast between what the department can do when it's allowed freedom of action at all political levels and what it can't do when it is leashed up like a dog." - NEW YORK POST

"Peter Benjaminson has written an entertaining and insightful account of what he clearly sees as the Departments' brief golden Age under Mayor Dinkins. Between the occasional dig at the performance of the Department in the current regime, Mr. Benjaminson, who is a seasoned investigative reporter and author, has a good time in Secret Police reminiscing over all the DOI handcuffs that ratcheted around the wrists of crooked city workers and bureaucrats and sent many a political overlord diving for cover." - NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL

"Ex-spokesman says independent voice is silenced." -NEW YORK NEWSDAY

"Peter Benjaminson gives us... a funny, fascinating account of the nitty-gritty operations of one of the most important and undercovered departments in the city." - Mark Boal, OUR TOWN newspaper.

Peter Benjaminson's astonishing book is a publishing coup. Here is the first full-length account of the most amazing, yet until now the least known law enforcement agency of New York City - the Department of Investigation, a bland-as-beans name for an office of high-wire intrigue. Benjaminson writes with an insider's authority, a journalist's clarity and wondrously sardonic wit. He has assembled a sort of family photo album of Gotham's famously crooked pols, scamming city contracters and true-life Runyonesque characters. (Jimmy Breslin should be so jealous of Secret Police he may well announce that he is no longer on speaking terms with its author.) Benjaminson the journalist proves once and for all the old pulp fiction saw: it's ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City --- New York City is itself a detective story.
--Thomas Adcock, author, PRECINCT 19