• Homicide Special

  • A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit
  • By: Miles Corwin
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-22-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles is a town of dreamers, and of those who prey on them. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Now, acclaimed writer Miles Corwin uses his unprecedented access to this legendary unit to portray six of its cases, and capture its newest generation at work. When a call girl from Kiev dies, detectives Chuck Knolls and Brian McCartin seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold unwittingly into white slavery. When a gangster's daughter, brought up in Las Vegas, takes a bullet, veterans Jerry Stephens and Paul Coulter trace clues scattered across the country to one of Manhattan's wealthiest real estate magnates. A cold case is reopened; a suspicious mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder case are solved. And finally, Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley, a woman driven by the desire for fame, who was allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.
Compulsively readable, artfully written, and surprisingly redemptive, Homicide Special offers a thrilling insider's report on some of the nation's most high-profile and complex homicides and the extraordinary men who solve them.
©2003 Miles Corwin (P)2004 Audio Renaissance
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Critic Reviews

"[Miles Corwin] vividly renders a handful [of homicide cases] that exemplify the range of entrenched social fissures and seedy criminality that have long defined Los Angeles." (Publishers Weekly)
"Corwin's book will enthrall true-crime fans." (Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chad on 09-10-08

Great narration, good story!

Homicide Special was a good listen. The information was great and certainly kept my interest. There was a lot of switching gears back and forth from case to case throughout the story, which made it difficult to follow at times (especially while multitasking when listening). The descriptions throughout the book were vivid. A good listen for true crime fanatics!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 01-06-17

Other reviews are too generous. This book is meh.

Stories about detectives trying to catch the bad guy are inherently fascinating. The stories in this book are no exception.

However, the writer of this book added little. The writing style was jumbled. I had a hard time following the author's description of events.

The author kept randomly switching between crime A, crime B, crime C, for no apparent reason, even though the crimes were unrelated to each other.

Unless you have a specific interest in the recent history of the LAPD in particular, I recommend passing on this book. And even if you do have some special interest, don't expect any deep or novel insights. This book is just a plain matter-of-fact description of some recent investigations, and not very well organized.

Jonathan Davis did a fine job with this material, as always.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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