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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Del Quentin Wilber Narrator: Scott Sowers, Johnny Heller Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781427260826
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Bestselling author Del Quentin Wilber tells the inside story of how a homicide squad---a dedicated, colorful team of detectives—does its almost impossible job

Twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and the furious hunt for an especially brutal killer--February 2013 was a good month for murder in suburban Washington, D.C.

After gaining unparalleled access to the homicide unit in Prince George's County, which borders the nation's capital, Del Quentin Wilber begins shadowing the talented, often quirky detectives who get the call when a body falls. After a quiet couple of months, all hell breaks loose: suddenly every detective in the squad is scrambling to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. Meanwhile, the entire unit is obsessed with a stone-cold "red ball," a high-profile case involving a seventeen-year-old honor student attacked by a gunman who kicked down the door to her house and shot her in her bed.

Murder is the police investigator's ultimate crucible: to solve a killing, a detective must speak for the dead. More than any recent book, A Good Month for Murder shows what it takes to succeed when the stakes couldn't possibly be higher.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Superb--one of the best real-life cop books ever written. Lee Child

  • This is the real cop story--not a TV show, not fiction, not a political diatribe. A Good Month for Murder is a deeply reported, compelling, timely account of what it's like to be a homicide detective working in the shadows of the nation's capital. David Maraniss, author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story
  • We're practically deluged by television 'procedural' shows that purport to tell us about the lives of homicide detectives. But what's it like, in real life, to be one? Here, in this resourcefully reported and richly nuanced work, we see the everyday challenges, feel the mounting pressures and frustrations, and experience the occasional eureka moments—up close, on gritty streets, in neighborhoods gripped by fresh and terrible crimes that are all too real. Del Quentin Wilber has a rare talent for fly-on-the-wall reportage, and with A Good Month For Murder his skills are on full display. Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound On His Trail and In the Kingdom of Ice

  • With this engrossing and compelling account of the reality of crime and policing, Del Quentin Wilber affirms his place as one of the nation's most accomplished writers of first-rate narrative nonfiction. Put away your mysteries and thrillers--this is the real thing, rendered with grit and with grace. Jon Meacham, author of American Lion and Destiny and Power

    "A Good Month for Murder is utterly absorbing. Wilber's clear-eyed, discerning book does justice to both the homicide detectives he shadowed and the victims they speak for. Highly recommended.
  • “Is painstaking in tracing how the detectives go about their fieldwork. The cat-and-mouse games they play with suspects in the interrogation room are fascinating.”

    Washington Post

  • “Wilber…gets high marks for placing readers smack inside the world of his characters—in the stuffy, fluorescent-lit homicide offices, the bloody murder scenes, and the claustrophobic interview rooms.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “It’s like David Simon’s The Wire―urgent but cold-eyed and tragic—and it’s all true.”

    Men’s Fitness magazine

  • “Vividly depicts the tension, pressure, and occasional tedium involved in crime solving, portraying the work as both vital and unending.”

    National Book Review

  • “Could easily be included on lists of the best true crime books of the past twenty years…Johnny Heller’s well-executed narration enhances the listening experience. Verdict: Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “A rare snapshot of homicide investigation in action…A fascinating report written in a relentless, real-life noir tone.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Johnny Heller walks listeners through this account of twelve murders in one month and how a group of exhausted, overworked detectives try to solve the crimes. Heller speaks in a matter-of-fact tone as the author breaks down the crimes.”


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About the Author

Del Quentin Wilber is the New York Times bestselling author of Rawhide Down, an account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. An award-winning reporter who previously worked for the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, he now covers the justice department for the Los Angeles Times.

About the Narrators

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense. He is the winner of seven Earphones Awards.

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.