Author James J. Foley Releases New Nonfiction Book A Blue Life - An Inside Look at Policing

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  • (1888PressRelease) March 03, 2023 - BOSTON - Attorney, former assistant clerk magistrate and photographer, James J. Foley announced the release of his nonfiction book, A Blue Life: An Inside Look at Policing, that gives readers an unobstructed view of being a police officer in America, spanning 40 years as a judicial officer.

    A Blue Life is an insider’s guide into the world of policing which features candid interviews with officers who share not only the demands and dangers of their jobs but speak freely about the shortcomings of their profession. Well aware of the criticism police are facing today, Foley argues that policing has improved greatly since the mid-20th century and provides the evidence of the progress while also giving voice to new ways policing can be more professional in the future.

    “The media constantly offers stories about the police and everyone watches the cop shows but most people have had little to no interaction with the police,” says Foley. “A Blue Life gives insights directly from people in law enforcement who deal with the unique issues they face every day.”

    In A Blue Life, the goal is to answer the questions:

    · What is it really like to be a police officer?

    · Why do people become police officers?

    · How do police deal with the dangers of their job and the tragedies they encounter?

    The men and women presented here offer a firsthand account and honest answers about dealing with armed assailants, investigating murder cases, as well as dealing with drug addicts, the mentally ill and crooked cops, while navigating through a legacy of racism and sexism.

    A Blue Life is currently available on, Barnes & Noble, and at SDP Publishing with a complimentary accompanying eBook.

    About the Author: James J. Foley is an attorney who served as an assistant clerk magistrate in the Massachusetts court system for over 40 years. During his career, he worked with the police on a daily basis.

    Mr. Foley also served on criminal procedure advisory committees to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts District Court. He has addressed numerous statewide conferences of judges and other court personnel on developments in criminal law having been heavily involved in international outreach efforts and hosting judges, attorneys, professors and public officials from over 20 countries at his courthouse. An avid traveler, Foley has also authored travel articles for the Boston Globe and other newspapers as well as hosting a number of exhibits of his photographs.

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