Homicide Special

  • by Miles Corwin
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"[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

Most Helpful

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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- Chad

Great book in a year of crimes.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it's a very interesting look into to lives of police during just one year.

What did you like best about this story?

How much work these officers do on a daily basis.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's teriffic!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

This is really an eye opener. It's hard to imagine how these officers and all officers do it. This book shows how. Very good listen!

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- B Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio