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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821758551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821758557
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This book yields two surprises that have nothing to do with what made its author so notorious, but which have plenty to do with how public bureaucracies fail. First, it includes Furhman's contemporaneous crime scene notes (with observations as meticulous as any TV sleuth's), which make mention of a "visible fingerprint" Furhman saw on the Bundy back gate (and discussed with his partner at the time). Second, it reveals that Lange and Vannatter, the detectives from "downtown" who took over the case from Furhman, didn't check out the print that night or subsequently, and indeed never read Fuhrman's notes at all. That's why you didn't hear about the fingerprint during the criminal trial. (When authorities returned to sample blood from the back gate two weeks later, the print was gone.) In short, the main lesson of this book is an organizational one worth remembering: it doesn't matter if the grunts do a good job, if the big-shots don't follow up. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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''A badly needed, if one-sided retrospective on how [Fuhrman's] role unfolded. It is not necessary to absolve him to know that something was lost when [he] fell out of the case.'' --New York Times Book Review

''Furhman's book documents one of many fallibilities in the best justice system in the world, and for that reason alone, is worth a look.'' --Examiner

''The main lesson of this book is an organizational one worth remembering: it doesn't matter if the grunts do a good job, if the big-shots don't follow up.'' --Amazon.com editorial review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Mark Fuhrman is a crime expert for FOX News and a New York Times bestselling author. Before FOX, Fuhrman was an on-air consultant for ABC, CBS, and Court TV.

Fuhrman served as a Los Angeles Police Department detective for 20 years, rising to fame as a key investigator and witness in the notorious O.J. Simpson murder trial. He lives in Idaho.

Customer Reviews

First off, I'll comment on the writing and organization of the book, really well done.
A. Clark
It lays out the facts, evidence, etc. in a way that allows a lay person to understand why Mr. Fuhrman proved O.J. Simpson to be a murderer.
D. Frain
If you want the true story of what really happened and not just what some talking head wants you to believe, read this book.
Charles P. Skinner

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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although the writing is basic and somewhat repetitive, I found this to be an insightful book regarding the investigation of the murders in Brentwood. As any educated person can tell, Mark Fuhrman was the scapegoat of this century. He was strung up and left out to dry by many, namely the "dream team" defense for OJ Simpson. But lets look at the basic facts, Nicole and Ron are dead. DNA blood samples from BOTH bodies are found in OJ's Bronco, OJ runs from police or attempts suicide?, OJ can't even get his alibi straight, and Detectives Van Natter and Lange don't seem to find this strange? Well because of their mistakes and others (namely Marcia Clark and Fung) Fuhrman became the "fall-guy."
I don't care what Fuhrman did, said or wrote in a screen play lined with racial ephitats 15 years earlier. Two people are dead and the a miriad of evidence points to only one suspect. Clearly the American justice system has failed Nicole and Ron. So has the media, so has the LAPD. But they all also failed Mark Fuhrman. Hang tough, Mr. Fuhrman, you have been vindicated in my book!
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By PVS on November 16, 2000
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I enjoyed reading Murder In Brentwood. Mark Fuhrman, the infamous former LAPD detective provides evidence that the O.J. Simpson murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were not investigated appropriately. Mark Fuhrman who was the first investigator at the murder scene talked about evidence that were overlooked from the crime scene, from O.J. Simpson's home, and also from his car. Mr Fuhrman discussed the reasons certain witness were not called to testify. Mark Fuhrman outlined what he thought happened on June 12, 1994, at South Bundy Drive, the home of Nicole Brown. I found myself at the crime scene following step by step through Mark Furhman's detailed account. I highly recommend this book.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By michael wells on February 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Before I read Murder In Brentwood I was not sure wheteher O.J. was guilty. Now I am.I had believed Mark Fuhrman to be a racist. Now I know that he is not. That was an illusion created by the scheme team. I could not put the book down.I felt a lot of outrage from reading it. Outrage over our atrocious criminal justice system and over the fact that a good man and cop was destroyed so that an obviously guilty celebrity could go free. Mark Fuhrman was an outstanding police officer as his distinguished service record clearly indicates(he received more than 55 official commodations in 20 years) and he was no racist. In the book he tells of how hard he once fought to clear a black man of a murder charge because he believed the man to be innocent.He tells how it is impossible to a racist and a good cop. But most of all he makes it clear just how absurd the defense's conspiracy theory really was. The prosecution should have let him present closing arguments. At the book's beginning, Detective Fuhrman walks us through the gruesome murder scene at Bundy and gives us a fascinating insight into detective work. He tells us of how evidence was mishandled and walks us through Vannatter and Lange's interogation of O.J.pointing out their many mistakes. He shows how nearly everyone was intimidated by O.J. and his celebrity status. It is at times a frustrating read but it is always fascinating.The last page of the book where he says that even had he known the nightmare awaiting him, he still would have answered that call at 1:00a.m. and vigorously investigated the case doing all that he could to solve it because what else could he do, he was a cop is one of the most enlightening and moving things I have ever read.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MNGuy on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Regardless of what you think of former LA detective Mark Furhman, this book is a fascinating look into the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, as well as the investigation by LAPD and the subsequent trial of OJ Simpson for the deaths.

Furhman peppers the book with his own ancedotes and tries one last time to defend his actions while on the stand in the trial. I suspect many will be unwilling to understand Furhman's defense that his racist label was, according to him, partly the cause of a taped book about true crime which he was making with a girlfriend in the early 80's (tapes of a cop acting out racist scenes provide good ammo for any ex-girlfriend who wants revenge, and is shown as to why she kept the tapes for a decade, Fuhrman implies) and partly due to his strained relationship with the trial's own Judge Ito's wife who was Fuhrman's supervisor for a number of years. Fuhrman alleges in the book that Ito's wife never liked him, which led him to believe that because of this relationship, Ito allowed the defense to attack the police and specifically Fuhrman becuase of 'pillow talk' Ito probably had with his wife about the detective over the years.

That said, the strength of this book lies in careful examination of evidence by Fuhrman and how Detectives Phillips and Vanatter made sloppy mistakes from missing a bloody fingerprint on the rear gate to not properly impounding Oj's car after finding blood evidence inside of it. The infamous bloody glove is also discussed as Vanatter took it with him two the two crime scenes, a clear chain of custody violation.

Ultimately Fuhrman's point is that Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman will never get justice for their brutal murders.
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