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Homicide Special: A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit | [Miles Corwin]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, 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 case are solved. And finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley, a woman driven 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 insider's report on some of the nation's most high-profile and complex homicides and the extraordinary men who solve them.

©2004 Miles Corwin; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[Miles Corwin] vividly renders a handful [of homicide cases] that exemplify the range of entrenched social fissures and seedy criminality that have long defined Los Angeles." (Publishers Weekly)
"Corwin's book will enthrall true-crime fans." (Booklist)

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    Chad Cooper City, FL, USA 09-10-08
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    "Great narration, good story!"

    Homicide Special was a good listen. The information was great and certainly kept my interest. There was a lot of switching gears back and forth from case to case throughout the story, which made it difficult to follow at times (especially while multitasking when listening). The descriptions throughout the book were vivid. A good listen for true crime fanatics!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Conception Fresno, CA, USA 04-04-07
    Conception Fresno, CA, USA 04-04-07
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    "I HIGHLY RECOMMEND"

    Being a criminal investiagtor, and understanding the techniques of the trade this book correlates with the way we handle criminals in California. If a reader wants to read a true crime book this is it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Ceres, CA, USA 08-30-05
    Steve Ceres, CA, USA 08-30-05
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    "Wow! Great audio book!"

    Enjoyed the content, as well as the presentation. Very interesting subject, and the narration was superb.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Los Angeles, CA, USA 07-07-07
    Karl Los Angeles, CA, USA 07-07-07 Member Since 2006
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    "This is a good one..."

    I really enjoyed this book. Good narration and content. I also enjoyed hearing the history behind Homicide Special and their ups and downs. Thumbs up on this book!

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    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 09-17-07
    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 09-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "homicide special"

    if true crime is high on your list then put this book on the top. it's a great read or rather listen.i give it 6 stars

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    Lindsey lacey, WA, USA 11-09-09
    Lindsey lacey, WA, USA 11-09-09
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    This audiobook was o.k. I have read more compelling crime documentary/novels. It was difficult for me to get past the voice of the narrator which was irritating. I was not particularly enthused with the "office politics" portion of the book either. Other than that, some of the homicide stories were interesting.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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