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The Killing Season: A Summer Inside an LAPD Homicide Division

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  152 ratings  ·  19 reviews
After gaining unprecedented access inside the LAPD, Miles Corwin hand picked a detective team whom he would be shadowing - day in and day out - throughout the summer. He struck gold with Pete "Raz" Razanskas and Marcella Winn. Larger than life and truly unsung heroes, Raz and Winn are as colorful as any fictional characters. Raz is a crusty veteran of the force and as the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 28th 1998 by Fawcett (first published May 6th 1997)
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Melissa McClintock
I found this book in the Teen Section. I really liked the fact that the motive for the book was that the LA reporter couldn't believe no one really cared if people died in South Central LA or not.

Also, it is refreshing that he doesn't tend to "have a drum to beat" in this. He doesn't sugar coat the touchy issues like the Rodney King incident. He is able to reflect things as they are. Compassion for gangsters, especially young ones, and still who they are is hardened killers. That is the paradox?
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Kristin
It's been a while since I read a non-fiction cop book, and I chose a good one. The author profiles a detective team in L.A.'s South Central neighborhood, one of the most notorious for homicides, especially during the summer, hence the title 'The Killing Season'. The two detectives are Razanskas ('Raz'), a multi-ethnic light-skinned male veteran of the Homicide Division, and Winn, a black female detective trainee who has worked her way up through the ranks of the LAPD. The race is important, as S ...more
Wilde Sky
A reporter follows two LAPD detectives through one summer in South-Central LA and recounts the numerous murders investigated.

It took some time to get into this book, the number of different crimes / criminals was confusing at the start, but overall a very effective / thought provoking / depressing piece of reporting on the violence in an area of LA that no ones seems interested in. The stories of the victims and perpetrators were mostly very sad – a tale of wasted lives.
Lisa
A decent true crime book following two detectives assigned to South Central over one summer in the mid-nineties and showing what an uphill battle both they and the residents of South Central face in relation to the violence that affects the lives there. In an environment where a couple of homicides can occur an evening, in addition to the over-abundance of cases and mountains of paperwork the detectives are struggling through they also face scared witnesses refusing to cooperate, young people im ...more
Paul
Took me a while to get into the book, but then once I got around to figure out what was happening, I really enjoyed the stories and the cases. It wasn't just any case, but actual cases and the lives of the detectives. Would be interesting to have a follow up book of the recent happenings of the LAPD and see how detective work has changed or remained the same.
Raven
After becoming hooked on the brilliant Southland - Season 1 [DVD] [2009]it was only natural that this book would appeal. Miles Corwin expertly documents the world of the LAPD detective and the senseless killings that define the South-Central area of Los Angeles. Following a veteran detective- the wonderful Pete Razanskas- and his feisty new partner Marcella Winn- we gain a real insight into the crippling hours, an severely under-funded police department and the physical and emotional effects of ...more
Eliza
I read this because I enjoyed the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, and this is similarly written by a journalist who embedded himself into a homicide department ... this time in the LA South Central Homicide department for one summer. This is not as good as Homicide, but I do highly recommend it. It mainly follows around two detectives, so it is more narrative and easier to follow than Homicide, which is a plus. In the shadows of the Rodney King incident this gives a comprehensive y ...more
Jim
Nov 21, 2010 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
I was annoyed to buy this and find that it was about fifteen years old, focusing on the LA gang culture and following two detectives who were involved in trying to solve the cases spilling out of the annual summer murder spree in the city. Cashing in on the success of "The Wire", it didn't live up to the TV series as far as I was concerned, although I felt that had it been even remotely contemporary I would have persevered with it.
Jennifer
Miles Corwin takes a closer look at crime in South Central LA, an inner-city neighborhood filled with gang violence and grieving families. He joins homicide detectives Razanskas and Winn on their investigations and interviews many victims. He writes about the crimes in a national context as well--Rodney King, the prison system and the Watts riots. It's a fast read, as well as a fair representation of socio-economic issues.
Susan
An alternate title might be, "Hardworking Cops Cleaning up Destruction Caused by Thugs," or, "Depressing Results from Neglecting Children."
I loved and respect the two cops featured in the book. The unrelenting cycle of senseless violence is incredible and disturbing, and there's no easy solution. A glimpse into another world that's too real for many people.
God bless our homicide detetives!
Mary
Again another book for research but the author does a great job of revealing the human side of law enforcement, the victims, the defendants, the witnesses and the family of the victims. It's very bittersweet and heart breaking at times. But he throws in the humor along with the struggle of solving and convicting crimes.
Sue
I lose interest when one of the character's names is repeated 1-5 times on EVERY SINGLE page. In this case it was the word Razanskas. I think the author might have improved this book by using the short version of it, "Raz," as mentioned when it first appeared. Wouldn't have been so aggravating.
Patrick O'Neil
There's a whole bunch a murders in South Central L.A.? Go figure. Decent, well written account of homicide detectives at work. Interesting interaction between partners, old school meets new school etc.
Dolores
I was hoping for a broad range of homicide cases since it deals with the LAPD homicide division--sadly most of the cases encountered by the two detectives followed were gang-related.
Wendy
Oct 21, 2008 Wendy is currently reading it
A summer in South Central LA amongst the gangs and the crimes they commit, feels like you are riding along
Stephan
True life for two LAPD homicide detective. Interesting and fast paced.
Katie
Very gritty true crime book about life in the homicide department of LA.
Vanessa Patrick
Sad, disturbing look into the reality of LA killings in '95.
Eric
a raw look at police work in the LAPD.
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