A Summer in South-Central with LAPD Homicide
Does for the gangland killing streets of LA what David Simon’s Homicide did for Baltimore
Meet Pete Razanskas and Marcella Winn. He’s a seen-it-all, 22-year veteran homicide cop who dresses like a cowboy and spits tobacco, while she’s a rookie detective who grew up in the ‘hood and takes no prisoners. They’re an unlikely partnership whose job it is to attempt to close some of the hundreds of killings that happen every year in the gang-infested streets of South-Central LA. Crime reporter Miles Corwin gained unprecedented access to shadow them for the usual hot summer of endless homicide. We meet the cops, the victims and the murders (Crips and Bloods, drug dealers, psychopaths and even killer kids), witness their incredible daily lives and hear their stories in intimate detail; while Corwin fills in the sweep of social politics that has formed the backdrop to one of the world’s most notorious inner city neighbourhoods. With the pace and depth of a novel, The Killing Season is a raw, shocking and riveting story of an extreme place not far from the ordinary world where war rages on the streets and life has little value.
“Gripping drama and pathos... Rarely has the genre been worked to better effect... He could scarcely have invented a better cast”
New York Times
“A grab-you-by-the-throat page-turner”
“A fascinating, gripping and at times heart-wrenching story”
Michael Connelly, author of Trunk Music