Uncle Janice

Uncle Janice

Matt Burgess / Jul 16, 2019

Uncle Janice year old Janice Itwaru is an Uncle NYPD lingo for an undercover narcotics officer and the heroine of the most exuberant and original cop novel in years On any given day Janice Itwaru might be foun

  • Title: Uncle Janice
  • Author: Matt Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780385536806
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 24 year old Janice Itwaru is an Uncle NYPD lingo for an undercover narcotics officer and the heroine of the most exuberant and original cop novel in years.On any given day, Janice Itwaru might be found trolling the streets of Queens for drugs Janice is an uncle an undercover narcotics officer trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detect24 year old Janice Itwaru is an Uncle NYPD lingo for an undercover narcotics officer and the heroine of the most exuberant and original cop novel in years.On any given day, Janice Itwaru might be found trolling the streets of Queens for drugs Janice is an uncle an undercover narcotics officer trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detective, or be sent back down to uniformed patrol So Janice is out there in her secondhand hoochie skirt, trying to get potential drug dealers criminals, addicts, dumb kids, whomever to commit a felony on her behalf Other days are spent in the Rumpus Room at the precinct, trying to keep up with the bantering lies and inventively cruel pranks of her fellow uncles while coping with the insane demands of the big bosses With an ailing mother at home, her cover nearly blown, four buys to get her gold shield and rumors circulating that Internal Affairs has her unit under surveillance, Janice is running very short on luck as her quota deadline approaches Now she has to decide which evil to confront the faceless bureaucrats at One Police Plaza, or the violent drug dealers who may already be onto her identity Bursting with the glorious chaos of the streets of New York, Uncle Janice is an uproariously funny portrait of how undercover cops really talk and act, and a compelling story of their crazy, dangerous and often nonsensical lives.

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        Before graduating from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota s MFA program, Matt Burgess grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens His hometown has served as the location for both his first novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, which was a New York Times Editors Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and his second novel, Uncle Janice.


    1. *Not my review yet and I don't post in the review boxes often, but this gift is incredible so I just had to:OMG!! I just recieved this and I'm shocked. When I was entering the giveaway I thought the link to it being an audio entry was a mistake because it didn't say audio in the giveaway description. But it's an awesome audio package!! It's amazing and its going to be my first audio book that's fiction and also only my second audio book experience ever. Never thought I'd go the audio book direct [...]

    2. I really loved this book. Whoever blurbed it on the back as being like the Wire was dead on. A lot of tangential, but just as interesting stories, cops sitting around shooting the shit, and suspicion of both the "actual" criminals and the superiors within the police force itself. I actually finished it a while ago, so I don't have a lot to say. I loved it, didn't want to put it down. That's a pretty good review in itself, no?

    3. While not a traditional crime novel, since the emphasis was on characters and there was no real plot, I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. Janice was a very real character and while I hope her working life as an undercover narcotics cop was exaggerated it was interesting to read about. At times the prose style teetered on the overwritten but never went over the edge.

    4. This review first appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books: lareviewofbooks/review/reaIn the protests following the grand jury verdict releasing Officer Darren Wilson from the prospect of a criminal trial, a white police officer in Portland, Oregon, bent down to hug a tearful black boy, and the moment was captured on camera. It was posted, then shared and reshared — this snapshot narrative of racial harmony a welcome balm for an uneasy country desperate for comfort.The shot was staged, as i [...]

    5. Audio version: 2 to 2.5 stars - I wanted to like this; and I tried and tried and maybe if I read the book rather than audio, maybe it would have been a 3 star. I liked the synopsis and idea behind this book of behind-the-scenes look at NY (Queens) undercover narcotic officers trying to make detective, esp. w/the lead being a multi-racial (half Asian Indian-half African American) woman w/a quirky family and crazy personal life esp. in a less serious/comical type of way. It had such good stuff to [...]

    6. If you like the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain, you'll like "Uncle Janice."Janice Itwaru is a 24-year-old Guyanese-American police officer in New York City. In early 2008, she's nearly finished an eighteen-month stint as an undercover narcotics officer. In the NYPD, the cop who makes undercover drug buys is called an uncle.The work is dangerous and frustrating. By law, when the dealers are arrested, they are informed of their charges, and when that charge is "selling drugs to an undercover of [...]

    7. Before I review Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess (audio version), I want to say that the reader, Rachel Fulginiti did a magnificent job with the voices of different sexes, ages and accents. I applaud her.This is not a crime mystery but more a crime comedy and a realistic look at the lives of Uncles and Ghosts in the New York City police department. Janice Itwaru is an undercover narcotic officer. She is trying to survive the 18 month term so that she can be eligible for detective. She is half black [...]

    8. Comparisons to "The Wire" (in a good way) are apt, if you were to transplant the show from Baltimore to Queens. However, as someone who doesn't read "crime novels" and yet enjoyed this one immensely, I wouldn't make too much of those comparisons. Uncle Janice is a literary novel that just happens to have its setting in Queens/the NYPD and its protagonist in Janice Itwaru, a young cop who wants to make detective. The story is not about solving a criminal mystery; it's about Janice growing, and in [...]

    9. Very glad I went to the reading and discussion of this at Astoria Bookshop. At first I bristled at how everyone kept emphasizing that this is a literary novel, not a cop/crime novel. Snobs. What's so wrong with genre fiction, huh? But they were right, because this is really about the happenings of someone's life during the first few months of 2008. The someone happens to be Janice Itwaru, an undercover narcotics officer in Queens, aka an uncle. And the drug buy & bust stuff is messy and inte [...]

    10. Walking the line between literary fiction and enticing mystery may be harder than passing a field sobriety test on New Year's Eve, but Matt Burgess does it with such ease that you hardly notice how daring he must be. Janice Itwaru, an undercover narcotics cop with a few undercover personal problems of her own, has us cheering for her even as she makes many unnecessary – and hilarious – bad decisions. Her lives at the precinct and in her family's Queens immigrant community keep intersecting, [...]

    11. Janice an undercover narcotics officer known as an uncle in Queens.This is a gritty funny portrait of these officers Janice hates her job hates the low life's she deals with her life is on the line daily but as much as she hates this world she is so close to her gold shield.i was drawn into the world of Uncles a world I knew nothing about I got so involved I didn't want to put the book down.a highly entertaining often funny look at a really grim world dealers pushers the users&the cops who d [...]

    12. New Crime StarWow! This is one helluva book. Burgess can really write --not just good clean sentences but singing prose that jumps off the page. I read lots of crime fiction and it rare when something fresh and new appears like Uncle Janice. The best way to describe the book is that it's an updated 87 th precinct novel, like Ed McBain wrote , with a post modern tinge. But not too oblique or post modernist to render it too difficult to follow. I know I'm doing a bad job explaining the book so jus [...]

    13. Burgess writes his characters in such an engaging manner that regardless of if they play a big or small role, the reader gets a back story that leads you to believe they are the most important person at that moment in the plot line, and you must pay attention. He's brilliant. With that said, however, the only character I wish he would have expounded upon more is Mark Duckenfield. Perhaps a sequel?!

    14. This was a fun but unremarkable book that was made much more enjoyable by the fact that it took place in my neighborhood. So I'd read it on the subway, then get off at my stop and walk by the location of the scene I had just read. It was even more fun to find a few tiny errors about local geography.

    15. Janice Itwaru is an undercover cop (or "uncle") in Queens. While Janice works toward her detective badge, the pressure increases both at home and at work. Burgess effectively conveys the humor and frustrations of the undercover cop’s life as the story veers between gripping drama to comedy. The narrator for this audiobook was well chosen, making this an enjoyable listen.

    16. Urban-American lit is not my usual cup of tea, but I was in NYC for 3 weeks and asked a bookstore employee for a mystery with an NYC setting. This fast-paced cop-on-the-street novel isn't a mystery but it is a crime novel and is set in Queens. It's well written and is a good story. Perhaps the ending leaves room for a sequel?

    17. Janice Itwaru, die Protagonistin in Matt Burgess‘ Roman „Cops“ (Suhrkamp Nova) ist ein Uncle, ein Undercover-Cop im Drogendezernat des NYPD. Ihr Einsatzgebiet ist Queens, der New Yorker Stadtteil, der durch seine große ethnische Vielfalt geprägt ist. Janice ist dunkelhäutig, wie die meisten ihrer Kollegen, die mit ihr auf den Straßen unterwegs sind. Das ist nicht weiter verwunderlich, wenn man sich die Rolle anschaut, die sie als verdeckte Ermittlerin dort spielen muss. Ihre Aufgabe is [...]

    18. A strange novel. There are a lot of things that it is not, though it is part of all of these - police procedural, caper novel, drug enforcement, etc. Janice Itwaru is an undercover narcotics cop and struggling to get low level drug dealers to sell drugs to her. She is also living what Thoreau call a life of quiet desperation. She is estranged from her father, her mother is sinking into dementia, her life is wrapped up in her job and she is struggling to make her quota of drug buys. On a good nig [...]

    19. I loved this book. It was not at all what I expected and it kept me a little off balance the whole time. What starts out feeling like a Janet Evanovich knock-off turns really dark at times. Don't get me wrong. This story of an undercover narcotics officer trying to make her buy quota so she will qualify for her detective shield is funny as hell. At times. But then you throw in a mother with Alzheimers, a father with whom our girl has no love, buys gone wrong and other assorted ugliness and you s [...]

    20. My starred review of this novel appeared in the Oct. 1 2014, edition of Library Journal:In Burgess's outstanding sophomore effort (after Dogfight, A Love Story), 24-year-old Janice Itwaru is an "uncle" for the NYPD, making controlled buys as an undercover narcotics officer, withstanding the good-natured ribbing of her fellow uncles, and counting the days until her 18 months comes up and she makes detective. But the Big Bosses have instituted a quota, and Janice, if she wants to earn that gold sh [...]

    21. Uncle Janice was written by Matt Burgess and narrated by Rachel Fulginiti. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion in the book, and the various male and female voices. Her style and voice reminded me a lot of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series narrator. In fact, I had to check just to make sure it wasn't the same person! This book is filled with lots of dialogue between the various cops, but not a whole lot of action. If you are into lots of snappy dialogue, you will really [...]

    22. Despite what at first appears a rather bizarre title, this novel is an epic ride. "Uncle" refers to "undercover" and Burgess takes the reader deep into the lives of New York City's finest narcs, highlighting not only the job itself, but also the problems inherit in it. Janice Itwaru is central to the story - soon due for a promotion and going full-out to score the number of buys required to propel her forward. Her days are spent in seedy bars, nasty apartments, on the street - mind-numbing bored [...]

    23. I'd really like to give this book 3.5 starsThe good: it was interesting to read about undercover work - it was clear that the author did his homework and was able to portray an authentic experience for undercover police officers. Set in Queens, I was able to visualize all of the different neighborhoods and how they change as one travels through Queens.The less than good: what's up with the high point SAT words thrown in periodically? Logorrheic? Just didn't jive with the characters or the rest o [...]

    24. I had a love-dislike relationship with this novel. I picked it up because I work in law enforcement and was excited to see a novel from a female detective's point of view---and an NYPD uncle, nonetheless.Many of the characters were richly painted, but many fell flat. Janice, for one, felt detached to me. I think a first person narrative would have helped bridge the gap, because I never knew what she was feeling or thinking. She felt very emotionless.The writing was very funny in parts, which kep [...]

    25. An honest, funny, and sometimes depressing look at the life of an undercover Narcotics officer, or Uncle as they say in the cop vernacular. I enjoyed reading about the situations Janice Itwaru got herself into when she had to make her buys to meet quotas set by the Brass. The Narcotics team seems like a tough life and lonely, added seeing that life through the eyes of a non-white woman, made the story all the more intense, funny, interesting (pick your own adjective). As a woman, Janice was put [...]

    26. Good Reads First ReadsJanice Itwaru an undercover narcotics officer(aka. Uncle)explores life on the streets in Queens, New York. Under the pressure from superiors to make more "buys", Janice under pressure runs into trouble and finds herself in a bit of a moral jam. A mother with dementia, a partner like a father figure and her real father trying to make amends, Janice embraces her life and career ambitions to become an investigator in the NYPD. If you read murder/mystery types, this book would [...]

    27. Janice Itwaru is an "uncle," an undercover narcotics cop with the NYPD in the grungiest section of Queens. She's young, smart, and impatient to move up the ladder in the department. But her disorganized life seems to thwart her ambitions--her mom has dementia, her dad wants back into her life, she's drinking a lot, and her sister has pushed her just a bit too far. Topping things off, her cover gets blown and her fellow uncles gift her with . . . a burka. Can things get worse? Well, yes. Janice g [...]

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