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Homicide Special: A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit Paperback – August 12, 2004
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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.
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The author is a former award-winning reporter at the `Los Angeles Times'. He spent a year with the LAPD's elite detective unit, Homicide Special. They investigate organized-crime killings, serial murders, murders that involve celebrities, and cases that require great expertise or sophisticated technology. LA was once known in the 19th century as the most murderous town in the West. After LA obtained water from Owens Valley it expanded into a major metropolis. This increase was accompanied by a growing crime rate. Complex murders led to a specialized unit with the most experienced detectives. Since the O. J. Simpson trial Homicide Special was overhauled to bring in fresh talent.
Part I, "The Valley" tells about the shooting death of a young immigrant woman. The FBI tap on her phone suggested organized crime, prostitution, and smuggling. Will they share information? The detectives interview people who knew Luda and get information. Will one suspect stand out? The story continues in the following chapters.
Part II, "The Harbor" tells about finding the bodies of a woman and young child in the Los Angeles harbor. This is very unusual. The investigation continues until there is a break in the case. The prime suspect confessed. Chapter 8 has a brief history of LA crime. [Corwin misinterprets the problems in the O. J. Simpson case regarding the planted evidence.] Questioning the main suspects from Part I results in a near confession where neither party admits doing the shooting.
Part III, "West L. A." is about one unsolved murder from 1965, a "cold case". A sixteen year old girl was raped and shot in her home. Research into fingerprints turned up a new suspect. Can they use tricks to fool a suspect into confessing (p.197)?Read more ›
He is a fine writer. I plan to locate his other books and devour them, too.
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Ordered this "out of print" book for a class I was taking. It arrived quicklu and at a nice price.Published 9 days ago by JAMES E GRATON
I thought it was a great read and very interesting explaining to the folks how a special unit like RHD works and the type of cases they are handle.Published 7 months ago by Karl
Ive had this book for several years but I only recently started reading it, I could not put it down. Great read, highly recommend.Published 15 months ago by Jay
This is a review of the publisher not the author. I was really excited to read this book and judging by the comments posted by other Amazon readers, it would have been a very good... Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Cub Fan
This book gave a good insight into what homicide detectives have to go through and how they do their job. Very good read.Published on February 10, 2014 by Sheila R. Hawk