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4.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 5 4.55 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miles Corwin Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Ann Painter | 12/16/2013

    " Excellent nonfiction crime book. The author did research in the field with one of the nations's toughest urban police forces. The cases he follows are compelling, as is the fine police work. Corwin is a fine writer and this work has more drama and intrigue than fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 11/27/2013

    " Miles Corwin's second book that I read did not disappoint! He is one of the best writers I have come across. His use of vocabulary and historical facts keeps you drawn into the book and he makes very complicated plot lines and characters easy to understand and enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryanne Kehoe | 11/18/2013

    " I loved, loved, loved this book. Could not put it down and was so sad when I came to the end. More please! This is a must read for those who enjoy police procedural books - or anyone who just appreciates fantastic writing. I can't wait to try Miles Corwin's fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JessIca Applin | 3/11/2013

    " Pretty good book. But I like these kinds of books. After the first story I found myself flipping ahead to find out how it ended. Then I gave up and read the entire thing through. Very visual writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 2/19/2013

    " Proof of why OJ cast a horrible light on LAPD homicide "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/17/2012

    " Overall, I loved the idea of this book but it seemed to drag on a bit... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 11/10/2012

    " Excellent look at the Homicide Special squad at LAPD. I'd give it 5 stars, but I thought it lacked something that made it special. It is straight long form reporting on a great topic. It does seem to capture the flavor of cops. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael P. P. | 10/17/2012

    " No CSI BS. This is the way detectives really operate. Outstanding journalism from Miles Corwin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli Russell | 6/28/2012

    " Great book. Very detailed in the investigations. You really get to know characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/15/2012

    " Great book if you are interested in police/ homicide investigations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinna | 3/31/2012

    " In my secret inner life I am a homicide detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Giles | 3/15/2012

    " If you like David Simon... you'll be mildly entertained by Miles Corwin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro Chan | 3/8/2012

    " I liked seeing what happens on a daily basis to homicide division of the LAPD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/6/2011

    " This book followed several of the cases of the LAPD's elite homicide squad. It's right up my alley! Highly recommend it, even if you're not into this kind of thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/8/2011

    " Once again proving that Miles Corwin is a master journalist.
    Compelling, fascinating, and uplifting. You will kiss a police officer after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 2/12/2010

    " Excellent look at the Homicide Special squad at LAPD. I'd give it 5 stars, but I thought it lacked something that made it special. It is straight long form reporting on a great topic. It does seem to capture the flavor of cops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 12/2/2008

    " Miles Corwin's second book that I read did not disappoint! He is one of the best writers I have come across. His use of vocabulary and historical facts keeps you drawn into the book and he makes very complicated plot lines and characters easy to understand and enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/11/2008

    " This book followed several of the cases of the LAPD's elite homicide squad. It's right up my alley! Highly recommend it, even if you're not into this kind of thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 6/12/2008

    " A great police book that conveys the daily drudgery of crime solving and the frustrations of working in a system where there isn’t enough money to hire experts or pay overtime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinna | 5/25/2008

    " In my secret inner life I am a homicide detective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/24/2008

    " Great book if you are interested in police/ homicide investigations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/3/2007

    " Proof of why OJ cast a horrible light on LAPD homicide "

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.