A KIND OF BLUE – Miles Corwin

Today’s post comes from Carl Brookins who has been reviewing crime fiction since 1996.  Carl provided the following information about himself:

“He has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews appear at Barnes & Noble and Amazon Internet sites, on his own web site, Books n’ Bytes, and on the popular news group, DorothyLHe has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews appear at Barnes & Noble and Amazon Internet sites, on his own web site, Books n’ Bytes, and on the popular news group, DorothyL”

This is Carl’s review of A KIND OF BLUE that appeared on DorothyL.

A few years ago, this author wrote a couple of serious non-fiction books
about the Los Angeles Police Department.  He spent a lot of time with cops
in that city and wrote books that became best-sellers, “The Killing Season”
and “And Still We Rise.”

Now he’s back with a powerful persistent novel that draws from the same
source material. “Kind of Blue,” is not your ordinary police procedural. It
constantly reminds readers that the cops involved are no super beings,
rising above the worst humanity can offer to save their city; nor are they
all thugs, wife beaters and abusers.  They are ordinary citizens, sometimes
corrupt, sometimes honorable and brilliant, often prejudiced, but too often
willing to make the supreme sacrifice for the citizens they serve. And,
occasionally they violate the rights of criminals.

Author Corwin bends a keen and discerning eye on this stew of varying
humanity to fashion a fascinating novel of human relations. Asher Levine, a
dedicated, mostly honest cop, is one of LA’s best homicide detectives. But
as the book opens, Levine is a former cop, having abruptly resigned after he
was unable to protect a vital witness from being murdered. The death of
Latisha Patton, never solved, devastates the detective and causes him to
question his abilities, even though it is clear that apart from his
dedication, he is a brilliant detective. So he resigns.

A year passes and a decorated officer has died, murdered in his home and the
special homicide squad needs Levine’s help solving the case. More to the
point, certain key executives in the LAPD hierarchy need the case solved or
at least put to rest. Levine has had that year to discover his resignation
hurts him more than it does the LAPD. With clearance from the top cops,
Levine is fast tracked back to the force and handed the case.

The problem, of course, is that Levine won’t just concentrate on the current
case and thus all sorts of actions that need to be buried along with the
ghost of Latisha Patton. Traces of other earlier activity begin to resurface
as Ash Levine winds his way through labyrinthine police and social
structures of the street until he comes to the shocking final solution.

The title is apt, a riff on a 50 year old Miles Davis studio piece, the
cover fits the mood and the attitude of the novel. All the elements fit and
it was a pleasure to read this excellent book.

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