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Homicide Special: A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit

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Publisher Comments:

A riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most elite, highly trained units of homicide detectives in the country.

Los Angeles is a town of dreamers — and of those who prey on them. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Now acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to this legendary unit to narrate six of its cases — and capture its newest generation at work.

When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold unwittingly into white slavery. When a gangster's daughter, brought up in Las Vegas, takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to one of Manhattan's wealthiest real estate magnates. A cold case is reopened; a suspicious mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder are solved. And finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley, a woman driven — like her city — by the desire for fame, and allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

Compulsively readable, artfully written, and surprisingly redemptive, Homicide Special offers a thrilling insider's report on some of the nation's most high-profile and complex homicides — and the extraordinary men who solve them.

Review:

"[V]ividly render[ed]....With a touch of Chandleresque panache, Corwin's true crime reads like vintage noir, delivering taut dialogue sprinkled with off-color wisecracks and lyrical passages..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A literate, unfailingly interesting work of true crime by a veteran of the genre....A revealing look at the real, deeply unpleasant work of murder investigators." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The prose is occasionally lackluster, and Corwin's descriptions tend toward the perfunctory....[A]ll this pales beside the story that he has to tell....Corwin has helped demystify not just Homicide Special, but all of police culture, and given it a very personal face." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Interrogation technique is a strong element in Corwin's accounts of all the cases covered here....Corwin's book will enthrall true-crime fans." Booklist

Review:

"[Corwin] does a commendable job of providing 'you are there' narration of his experience....Corwin does a good job of describing the meticulous, tedious, and seemingly glacial nature of police work." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to the legendary Homicide Special, the LAPD's elite detective unit, to narrate six of its cases — and capture its newest generation at work.

Synopsis:

A riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most elite, highly trained units of homicide detectives in the country

Los Angeles is a town of dreamers--and of those who prey on them. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Now acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to this legendary unit to portray six of its cases--and capture its newest generation at work.

When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold unwittingly into white slavery. When a gangsters daughter, brought up in Las Vegas, takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to one of Manhattans wealthiest real estate magnates. A cold case is reopened; a suspicious mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder case are solved. And finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley--a woman driven, like her city, by the desire for fame--who was allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

Compulsively readable, artfully written, and surprisingly redemptive, Homicide Special offers a thrilling insiders report on some of the nations most high-profile and complex homicides--and the extraordinary men who solve them.

Synopsis:

With an Updated Epilogue by the Author

"A compelling portrait of seasoned homicide cops at work. This is L.A.'s darkest side: ironic, heart-breaking, stunningly violent, unfailingly human. Riveting."

-Jonathan Kellerman

The mandate for Los Angeles' unique police unit Homicide Special is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. In this "literate, unfailingly interesting work of true crime" (Kirkus Reviews), acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses unprecedented access to narrate six of the unit's cases-and capture its newest generation at work.

When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold into white slavery. When a gangster's daughter takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to a Manhattan real-estate magnate. A cold case is reopened; a mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder are solved. And, finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Blakley, allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

With a revised epilogue updating each of these fascinating cases, Homicide Special offers a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the preeminent units of homicide detectives in the country.

About the Author

A former staff reporter at the Los Angeles Times, Miles Corwin is the author of The Killing Season and And Still We Rise. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805067989
Subtitle:
A Year in the Life of the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Author:
Davis, Jonathan
Author:
Corwin, Miles
Author:
Buschmann, James
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
California
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Criminal Procedure
Subject:
Forensic Science
Subject:
Detectives
Subject:
Homicide investigation
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Murder - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 6 hours
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Forensics and Evidence
History and Social Science » Crime » General

Homicide Special: A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit
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Product details 416 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805067989 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[V]ividly render[ed]....With a touch of Chandleresque panache, Corwin's true crime reads like vintage noir, delivering taut dialogue sprinkled with off-color wisecracks and lyrical passages..."
"Review" by , "A literate, unfailingly interesting work of true crime by a veteran of the genre....A revealing look at the real, deeply unpleasant work of murder investigators."
"Review" by , "The prose is occasionally lackluster, and Corwin's descriptions tend toward the perfunctory....[A]ll this pales beside the story that he has to tell....Corwin has helped demystify not just Homicide Special, but all of police culture, and given it a very personal face."
"Review" by , "Interrogation technique is a strong element in Corwin's accounts of all the cases covered here....Corwin's book will enthrall true-crime fans."
"Review" by , "[Corwin] does a commendable job of providing 'you are there' narration of his experience....Corwin does a good job of describing the meticulous, tedious, and seemingly glacial nature of police work."
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to the legendary Homicide Special, the LAPD's elite detective unit, to narrate six of its cases — and capture its newest generation at work.
"Synopsis" by ,
A riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most elite, highly trained units of homicide detectives in the country

Los Angeles is a town of dreamers--and of those who prey on them. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Now acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to this legendary unit to portray six of its cases--and capture its newest generation at work.

When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold unwittingly into white slavery. When a gangsters daughter, brought up in Las Vegas, takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to one of Manhattans wealthiest real estate magnates. A cold case is reopened; a suspicious mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder case are solved. And finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley--a woman driven, like her city, by the desire for fame--who was allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

Compulsively readable, artfully written, and surprisingly redemptive, Homicide Special offers a thrilling insiders report on some of the nations most high-profile and complex homicides--and the extraordinary men who solve them.

"Synopsis" by ,
With an Updated Epilogue by the Author

"A compelling portrait of seasoned homicide cops at work. This is L.A.'s darkest side: ironic, heart-breaking, stunningly violent, unfailingly human. Riveting."

-Jonathan Kellerman

The mandate for Los Angeles' unique police unit Homicide Special is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. In this "literate, unfailingly interesting work of true crime" (Kirkus Reviews), acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses unprecedented access to narrate six of the unit's cases-and capture its newest generation at work.

When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold into white slavery. When a gangster's daughter takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to a Manhattan real-estate magnate. A cold case is reopened; a mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder are solved. And, finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Blakley, allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

With a revised epilogue updating each of these fascinating cases, Homicide Special offers a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the preeminent units of homicide detectives in the country.

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