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Kind of Blue: An Ash Levine Thriller Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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A retired cop is found murdered. The LAPD supervisor in charge of the case decides to bring in another ex-cop, Ash Levine, who "retired" as the result of a dispute over the way he handled a previous case, to head up the investigation. As Levine delves into the investigation, his own emotional demons are stirred up, but he perseveres as the investigation leads him into discoveries of police corruption and confrontations with ghetto street gangs.
On its surface, this is a pretty straightforward police procedural, but it sneakily grabbed me and wouldn't let go. There's never a dull moment. I found Levine to be a fully-realized character, with the appropriate strengths and flaws. Throughout this book, the characters were three-dimensional, distinct and recognizeable. The plotting was well done, tight and brisk.
When it seemed we were reaching the conclusion of the case, I noticed there were still quite a few pages to go. Sure enough, another wrinkle popped up, and the ride continued!
If this is the start of a series by Corwin, I'm looking forward to the next entry. A solid four stars.
I have to face my book club tonight and I'm still trying to form a sufficient apology. Several problems, among them: Corwin doesn't trust us to have a brain. He gives us information -- almost a heads-up -- then writes about it. Contrast that with the fact that the second mystery at least is solved with surprises we weren't even introduced to until his confrontation (didn't trust us with THAT information). Next: we now know much, much, much about the flora of the neighborhoods Levine visited for his many, many suspect/witness questionings. We had much time to read about it, because for several of those questionings, that's all we got -- how it looked, how the stairs looked, how the "wit" looked, then -- SLAM! Nothing. Back to the car.
We also know much about the various ethnic restaurants and foods Levine is fond of. Way too much. And, as one review has already stated, we know WAY too much about Levine's unexpected love for surfing. For so many scenes, I'd find myself reading carefully, the detail teasing me that something big was about to happen, only to be confused and disappointed that there was nothing more to that restaurant visit than simply getting lunch.Read more ›
After a well-known former policeman is killed in Los Angeles the department is under pressure to find the culprit. Lieutenant Frank Duffy wants his best man on the case. The problem is that his best man, Ash Levine, quit the force a year ago. Ash was a stubborn detective, extremely observant and unable to let go until he could find the answers to his cases. Ash retired from the force after a witness in a homicide, Latisha Patton, was killed. He is destroyed with guilt because of this, thinking that he caused Latisha's death. He is asked by Lt. Duffy to come back to the squad to find the killer of the officer, Pete Relovich, who was killed in an apparent breaking and entering at his home. Ash decides to come back so he can work the case and also look for the person or persons that murdered his witness. Of course, many members of the squad are not about to welcome him back as they did not like him in the first place. Ash is the son of a concentration camp survivor and also a former member of the Israeli Defense Forces so, there is a bit of interference and corruption from the department. Which only goes to make the story better.
Ash goes into the investigation on a dead run to search and inquire into the ex-cops murder. This case takes him into the unpleasant and sordid side of Southern California, including the escort services of Hollywood to the expensive and over-the-top art galleries in the Hollywood Hills. But, when he has a person of interest in custody, it doesn't seem right with Ash and he goes on to investigate more leads into the Relovich murder while silently looking for leads in Latisha's murder.Read more ›
Ash is a relentless pursuer and very methodical in the way he approaches the case. His style is a lot like Harry Bosch (from author Michael Connelly). He is also very close to his family and attends Shabbos dinner at his mother's house every Friday. As Ash digs deeper into the case it appears that there are "dirty" police involved. The author does a good job of making it difficult to figure out who on the force is corrupt so you never know when Ash may be tipping off the bad guys as to what he is doing.
I liked this book and think Ash has the potential to have some really good future books. I didn't give this book more than three stars because most of the book is told in first person, which spoiled any tension during the times when it seemed Ash could be killed. Secondly there seems to be too many "bad" cops involved in coverups. Lastly, there is a romantic interest with a weird art dealer that seems to add nothing to the plotline.
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This novel first came to my attention thanks to the blurb by Author Michael Connelly. He is my favorite author and it was on his recommendation that I first tried the first John... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sonny Boninsegna
Riveting but thought the "thrown in"sex superfluous and no asset. "Hurt me," ? REALLY? 50 shades of nothingPublished 2 months ago by E Taylor
It is a nice thriller , fast paced. When I started reading it didn't want to put it down.Published 3 months ago by Gerry J. Dawson
Would have liked more character development of other characters. Loved the authentic portrayal of Jewish family and enduring torment of Israeli soldier lost his family to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan M.
The character and the storytelling are equal to the best in the Harry Bosch series. There are only two books in the series so far and I'm very disappointed that there may not be... Read morePublished 7 months ago by TomMc