Cop Without a Badge

Kipps deftly labels Maher an “excitement junkie,” and the aptness of that term is clear from the first paragraph of this high-speed bio.

Kevin Maher, working in conjunction with the FBI, the NYPD and the Secret Service, has helped solve more than a dozen homicides, put a regiment of Mafia soldiers behind bars, and plugged a high volume Columbia-Miami-New York cocaine pipeline. After a cop helped Maher avoid a second jail term in 1974, Maher began a dangerous undercover career that spanned two decades.

Kipps deftly labels Maher an “excitement junkie,” and the aptness of that term is clear from the first paragraph of this high-speed bio.

From a broken home, Maher early became addicted to fast cars, and at 17, driving a stolen car, he led police on a wild chase from the Bronx in New York City to the Catskills. For this he got a prison sentence of up to four years.

After escape and re-incarceration, he had the good fortune to encounter detective Jim Doherty, who became a second father to him. He then built a career as a confidential informant for various police departments, the FBI and the DEA.

His fascination with fast cars continuing, he met at a drag-racing strip the scion of one of Colombia’s drug families and for several years was a serious cocaine addict whose habit wrecked his first two marriages and derailed his career as an informant. Eventually he conquered his addiction and now works for a security firm in New Jersey.

From all the derring-do here emerges the portrait of a man who never grew up. First serial to Penthouse.

Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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