Twenty-seven years after the murders, on the eve of Rosenzweig's retirement as chief of investigations, he reopened the case, determined not to leave without catching the murderer of his friend. Philip Gourevitch, who last examined murder in the award-winning We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, is more interested in the personalities of killers and those who pursue them than the drama of murder itself. As a result, A Cold Case is short on tension, but it is an excellent character study. Gourevitch immerses us in the "white hoodlum milieu of another time and from a city which no longer really exists," and he conjures up the particular moral universe of each character--Rosenzweig; murder victim Richie Glennon, an ex-prizefighter who walked the fence between the good guys and the bad guys; Murray Richman, the Mob-defending lawyer from the Bronx who likes murder cases because there's "one less witness to worry about"; and Koehler himself, now elderly but still unremorseful. Gourevitch's skillful handling raises intriguing contradictions and questions, not least this one Koehler asks about himself: "Why would people still think good of this asshole?" Now, that's a story. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author is (incredibly) able turning a not so interesting story into a fast turning page book. It's so good that it's almost fiction.Published 6 months ago by Anna Brandon
Philip Gourevitch’s A COLD CASE sort of tells the story of the 1960 New York City murder of two men by a man named Frank Koehler. Koehler vanished after the killings. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dan Bogaty
I like Gourevietch's work. I have made his acquaintance in Cambodia and have found his journalism to have a story-teller's flavor- meaning its really seen through the lens of what... Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by M. E. Dungo
Frankie Koehler had a criminal record and a youthful stretch of incarceration. In 1970 there was a double murder. A witness saw Frankie afterwards with a gun. Read morePublished on September 24, 2005 by Mary E. Sibley
The most striking quality of this book to me is its brevity. "A Cold Case" is a first-rate example of a writer exercising immense discipline, self-control and... Read morePublished on May 8, 2004 by James G. Greenhill
With all the attention given to solving 'cold' or old cases on television, I thought a quick read into a real cold case would be informative. It was. Read morePublished on February 5, 2004 by K. L Sadler
The review of this book on its inside flap is what got me. The review said the book is "intensely dramatic" (it's not) and "mesmerizing" (it's not). Read morePublished on June 25, 2003 by Beth
Philip Gourevitch attempts to flesh out the human details that remain from a thirty year old murder. Read morePublished on January 18, 2003 by Adam Rust
Philip Gourevitch's most recent book still has the theme of crime and justice, which were written in his previous work on the Rwandan genocide. Read morePublished on January 9, 2003 by P. Bjel