The Seven-Ups (1973) is another entertaining selection from George Pelecanos:
Roy Scheider heads an elite squad of police who pursue cases meriting jolts of seven years and up. After one of their own is killed while following criminals who are taking off loan sharks and mafia types, the police are out for blood. D'Antoni produced Bullitt and The French Connection, so this was sold as an action picture wrapped around a car chase, but it is also a very good New York-in-the-'70s crime film. As for that chase, a street duel between a modified-suspension Pontiac Ventura and a Bonneville driven by Bill Hickman, it delivers in spades. In fact, many car freaks think it's the best vehicular chase ever filmed. Nice chaotic score by Don Ellis, too. With Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Lynch and Joe Spinell, so you know it's worth a look.