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The Resource The killing season : a summer inside an LAPD homicide division, Miles Corwin

The killing season : a summer inside an LAPD homicide division, Miles Corwin

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The killing season : a summer inside an LAPD homicide division
Title
The killing season
Title remainder
a summer inside an LAPD homicide division
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Miles Corwin
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eng
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Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 1997.
Review
  • There are few streets meaner than those of South Central Los Angeles, where 400 people were murdered in 1993. Corwin, a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, accompanied veteran detective Razanskas (a white male) and trainee Winn (ablack female) on their cases in the summer of 1994. Passionate crime-solvers, despite overwork and high job stress, the detectives are seen as unsung heroes. Murder in South Central is as senseless as it is commonplace, the result of drugs,gangs, and street robberies. "They taking a life today like it's nothin'," says a victim's mother. Since these killings rarely garnerpress coverage, Corwin's sympathetic insight into the lives of the victims,their families, and even some of the perpetrators is especially worthwhile. Similar in theme, although more modest in scope, to David Simon's Homicide (LJ6/1/91), this is recommended for general collections.?Gregor A. Preston, formerly with Univ. of California Lib., Davis
  • /* Starred Review */ A summer spent in the trenches with detectives from the LAPD. Corwin, a Los Angeles journalist, decided to spend the summer of 1994 in South Central L.A. with detectives investigating the area's extremely high murder rate. He joined the team of Marcella Winn, a new detective who has been paired with Pete Razanskas, a 20-year LAPD veteran. Winn, who is black and from South Central, shows exceptional promise, and Razanskas is to guide her over the next months until she is ready to be a full-fledged detective. Corwin drops out of the prose completely as he seamlessly reports the team's growing number of murder cases, their greasy-spoon breakfasts, and the surprising strength of this partnership. The Lithuanian/Venezuelan Razanskas is an unlikely hero: He chews tobacco, he's unapologetically crude, and he spends all his free time hunting. But he's a genius with suspects, can cajole even the most reluctant witness into testifying at trial, and is a superior teacher. As the summer progresses, the murders pile up, the great majority of them pointless: The victims cooperate with their attackers but are shot anyway, frequently in front of their young children. Corwin spends time with the victims' families, too, and in one tragic scene visits a therapy group for victims of black-on-black crime. The book perfectly captures Winn's growing authority as a detective, Razanskas's frustration with endless paperwork, and the way the rest of the multiracial squad works in the shadow of Rodney King and O.J. The taint of racism in the LAPD lingers--Winn tells of a white colleague whose idea of dressing for vice squad was wearing a UCLA shirt and a ponytail; the ponytail later got a promotion over the no-nonsense Winn. Haunting and thrilling, this is a beautifully told story of violence and courage, and an unforgettable look behind the yellow crime-scene tape. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 1997)
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contains biographical information
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160445
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DLC
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Corwin, Miles
Dewey number
364.1/523/0979494
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV8079.H6
LC item number
C67 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Homicide investigation
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Detectives
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a summer inside an LAPD homicide division
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The killing season : a summer inside an LAPD homicide division, Miles Corwin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-336)
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
336 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780684802350
Lccn
96047429
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ill.
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  • (Sirsi) i9780684802350
  • (OCoLC)35762765
Label
The killing season : a summer inside an LAPD homicide division, Miles Corwin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-336)
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
336 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780684802350
Lccn
96047429
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780684802350
  • (OCoLC)35762765

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