ANDREW Faull's Behind the Badge: The Untold Stories of South Africa's Police Service Members is a rare, enticing and intimate navigation of the raw experiences of our men and women in blue.
It is a chilling and at the same time humorous no-holds-barred-must-read for those who have a strong opinion about crime and policing in this country.
It is dynamite, pack ed with stuff we haven't heard the average officer say in public.
It does not seek to judge, condemn or condone police actions.
Neither does it seek to tell their stories, but to gives them space to do so in their own words.
Faull's major thrust is to try and illuminate the untold human side of the men and women who stand in the line of fire every day, battling the high crime rate that affects us all.
They crave sex and have it while on duty in police vans. They are corrupt. They are human beings. They are fathers, mothers, husbands and wives.
Faull, who is a police reservist himself, interviewed 28 former and current colleagues over the past two years.
The easy-to-read book allows the reader to take a bite from anywhere in it without getting confused.
In some chapters police officers talk openly about "becoming a cop", about politics and policing, segregation, transformation, sex and power and the use of lethal force.
In other chapters the officers talk about their fears and horror, crime and society, corruption and the psychological toll that their job exacts from them.