No Comment: What I Wish I'd Known About Becoming A Detective (Paperback)
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No Comment: What I Wish I'd Known About Becoming A Detective (Paperback)

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Published: 11/04/2024
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An urgent and unflinching close-up of working as a fast-tracked Met police detective investigating serious crime, No Comment lifts the lid on the extent to which the system fails to protect victims, communities and those who work in the job.

Longlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Dagger 2024

Jess McDonald was a true crime junkie and Line of Duty sofa sleuth with a strong sense of justice. Under a year later, thanks to a controversial new initiative, she was a detective in the London Metropolitan Police Service.

The Met Police’s Direct Entry Detective scheme was aimed at turning people with no experience of the police into detectives.

When it was launched, to tackle an unprecedented recruitment crisis, over 4,500 people, Jess included, applied.

But why, within just a year of qualifying, had the majority of Jess’ cohort resigned?

No Comment is Jess’ candid, eye-opening and often shocking account, exploring the reality of being a detective in the Met and responsible for ‘keeping London safe for everyone’. In her incisive book she explores the challenges of life on the front line, dealing almost exclusively with serious crimes against women, and what that reveals about the Met Police now.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526621740
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Probably the most important book on the state of British policing you’ll ever read. Written with candour and balance, Jess McDonald lifts the lid on why cultural change is nigh on impossible in the Metropolitan Police and how the justice system conspires against the most vulnerable. A brilliant read which should be compulsory for all Chief Officers if they are serious about understanding what life is really like at the coal face - Graham Bartlett

Vivid and harrowing... Hammers home how urgently the whole criminal justice system is in need of reform’ - Mail on Sunday

I was gripped by this unflinching close-up account of life as a new Met detective. As a female outsider, McDonald offers a rare insight into the current state of the UK’s biggest and most controversial police force - a world usually painfully resistant to scrutiny. No Comment is essential reading for anyone interested in the questions being asked of the Met today, and its passionate call for change could hardly be more timely - Katherine Faulkner

It's an excellent insight into modern policing and how the system fails to protect victims, communities and the people who work in the job. Jess writes about complex, dark subjects with humanity and warmth. It's a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what happens after they've called 999 and a shocking indictment of a system not fit for purpose - Angela Kirwin, author of Criminal: How Our Prisons Are Failing Us All

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“Recommended”

It's the story of how a crime junkie became a real detective and the process to reach her goal.
It's an interesting and informative read showing a world so removed from what we read in mysteries.
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“Fascinating yet tragic”

I don’t often read non-fiction but when I do, I usually choose memoirs which have a link to crime. Prison psychologists, prisoners, police officers all tie into my interest in true-crime and link to the crime thriller... More

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“Powerful review of the Met Police”

An in-depth look into the Metropolitan Police and the systemic problems that continue to this day. The author, Jess McDonald doesn't hold back when it comes to portraying her eye-opening and harsh reality of... More

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