The fight against international terrorism is expected to get heavy treatment in two-time NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s memoir, entitled “Vigilance.”
The book, from the Hachette Books Group USA, is subtitled, “My Life Serving America and Protecting its Emerald City,” comes out Sept. 8.
“In his gripping memoir, former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opens up for the first time about his life fighting crime and the dozens of sinister plots foiled by his anti-terrorist teams after 9/11,” according to pre-publication publicity released Monday by the publisher on Amazon.
Kelly, the son of a milkman, grew up on the rough streets of the Upper West Side and attended Archbishop Molloy High School and Manhattan College. After serving as a Marine officer in Vietnam, he began his climb through the NYPD ranks. he ultimately became the only person to serve as Police Commissioner twice — once near the end of the David Dinkins administration, and for 12 years as Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s top cop.
“Realizing that New York’s security meant national security, Kelly transformed the NYPD into a counter-terrorism force to surpass even the FBI and Pentagon,” according to Amazon.
Hachette Books editor Mauro DePreta is planning to fete Kelly and three other fall authors at a private luncheon at the swank Quality Italiana next week.
There was no mention of the stop-and-frisk controversy the erupted near the end of his run as commissioner — at least in the early publicity material, although it is expected to be addressed.
After 30-plus years as a public servant, Kelly is currently president of Risk Management Services for real estate giant Cushman & Wakefield.
Washington, DC-based power attorney Robert Barnett represented Kelly in negotiating the book contract that was reached in September. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.