Homicide Special (Paperback)

A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit

By Miles Corwin

Holt Paperbacks, 9780805076943, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2004

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (12/31/2003)
Hardcover (1/1/2004)
Compact Disc, Abridged, Abridged (1/1/2004)

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With an Updated Epilogue by the Author

"A compelling portrait of seasoned homicide cops at work. This is L.A.'s darkest side: ironic, heart-breaking, stunningly violent, unfailingly human. Riveting."
-Jonathan Kellerman

The mandate for Los Angeles' unique police unit Homicide Special is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. In this "literate, unfailingly interesting work of true crime" (Kirkus Reviews), acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses unprecedented access to narrate six of the unit's cases-and capture its newest generation at work.

When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold into white slavery. When a gangster's daughter takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to a Manhattan real-estate magnate. A cold case is reopened; a mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder are solved. And, finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Blakley, allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

With a revised epilogue updating each of these fascinating cases, Homicide Special offers a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at one of the preeminent units of homicide detectives in the country.

About the Author

Miles Corwin a former staff reporter at the Los Angeles Times, is the author of The Killing Season and And Still We Rise. He lives in Los Angeles.

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

“Compelling . . . Corwin has helped demystify not just Homicide Special, but all of police culture, and given it a very personal face.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review