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A warts-and-all, often laugh-out-loud funny memoir of policing in New Zealand.

‘This book takes you into the life of a New Zealand police detective. I tell it how it was and spare few details so that you too can see the world through one policeman’s eyes. The stories contained in this book range from the humorous, strange and bizarre to extreme violence and murders. This is the lot of a Kiwi policeman and was the life I lived for 31 years.’

From his fledgling days as a constable to being a detective sergeant on high-profile cases, retired Christchurch policeman Al Lester has many a story to tell as he reflects on a career on the wafer-thin blue line.

Al’s a man who took policing seriously, always doing his level best to keep criminals in check and turn chaos into order. He never lost sight, however, of how to see the lighter side of the job, enjoying a laugh when the occasion arose, and often at his own expense.

Welcome to the world of a Kiwi cop.

(No actual pigs were harmed in the making of this book.)


This book makes for bloody good, lighthearted reading ... Straight from the Pig's Mouth gives the reader a curious insight into just what it takes to be a good copper.

Professional Skipper

Full of stories, this is a book you will not be able to put down ... perfect for those who love highly readable non-fiction.

Kapiti News

From battered wives, to gang hard men, pyromaniacs to robbers and murderers, Al shares stories, some of which will raise a laugh, but many of which may raise the hairs on your neck.

Diane McCarthy, Eastern Bay Life

While [Lester] handles some pretty raw subjects with dexterity, his trademark humour is never far behind. ... Easy to read, engaging, insightful, and funny.

Daryl Crimp, New Zealand Outdoor Hunting

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 2, 2018


    304 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook


    July 2, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

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