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Murder In Brentwood

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,993 ratings  ·  99 reviews
For O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop - a brilliant detective - had to he destroyed. That was the cynical strategy of the Simpson "Dream Team, " and it worked. But as certainty about Simpson's guilt grows, so does outrage about the scapegoating of Mark Fuhrman. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning expose. The veteran de ...more
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Published December 1st 1997 by Zebra (first published February 15th 1997)
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my second reading of this book. I listened to an audible version at times. And I enjoyed it even more this time around. For a detailed review of Murder in Brentwood, see my first review.

Warning! The following thoughts are just my political views - why I re-read Brentwood - not so much a book review. :)

I started Murder in Brentwood again because, as an African American, I wanted to weigh this book amidst the racial divide that is currently besmir
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was 35 in 1995 and followed the OJ trail throughout. It was obvious from the beginning of the trail that Johnny Cochran knew OJ was guilty before the trail began so the only way to get his client off was by making the case about race, wild conspiracy theories, Cops planting evidence, lies and innuendo. He also used the LAPD’s mishandling of evidence as way to convince jurors that the crime scenes were contaminated and as such cast reasonable doubt. Sadly it worked. The end result was Mark Fuhr ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was a sophomore in high school when O.J. Simpson was acquitted of double murder charges. I don't really remember whether I was shocked at the verdict or not. I think I was a little surprised, but that probably stemmed from opinions that I heard from the adults around me about the case and how it was mishandled. I do remember thinking that Mark Fuhrman was an idiot. A typical white LA cop that hated black people. Of course, I was a naive teen feeding into all of the media nonsense.
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Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was 14 when all of this transpired, a freshman with more important things on my mind, like how miserable freshman year was. But I remember enough to know that I was confused by the limited news I saw, unsure how the trial was racial, and under the impression that Mark Fuhrman was a bad rogue cop. By the time I got to college, I was a criminology major and really interested in the case and wanting to learn Dr. Henry Lee's part but it wasn't until I saw him on Oprah that I realized I had to read ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, re-read
The book was well-written. It gave more information on the OJ Simpson case than I'd ever seen before. Throughout the book there was information that supported OJ's guilt and no typos at all. I appreciated the Appendix where it transcribed every word of OJ's first police interview, listed each search warrant. I enjoyed the detailed courtroom drama and looking at things through Mark Fuhrman's eyes. Fuhrman understands the legal system and gave great insight into what should have been done by prose ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Didn't like this as much as his Murder in Greenwich, but didn't expect to, either. The writing in Greenwich is a bit more polished, but mostly I figured I would prefer Greenwich because I expected Brentwood to be a bit more about how Fuhrman was railroaded, which it is, however he keeps the whining to a minimum and I thought his apology sincere and worthy of note. Fuhrman does not do the usual, "I'm sorry my words hurt people" routine -- he says flat out that he did something wrong and cruel, an ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Murder in Brentwood would have been a really good book had he stuck to the facts. Instead Mark Fuhrman spent the vast majority of the book telling us about every Black or Latino person he's ever met in a sad attempt to prove he's not racist. He failed. As much as this would kill him to admit Mark Fuhrman & O.j. Simpson have some things in common. They both think they're the smartest person in the room, they both feel that everyone's out to get them, & most importantly they're both guilty ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well written. Read it in two days. Fuhrman is very defensive about how his reputation and career were ruined by this trial experience. But, he is a brilliant detective and very good writer. I thought the book was entirely credible.
j e w e l s
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
some interesting insights by Fuhrman
Sharon King
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given the new docudrama now in 2016 I was interested in reading Mark Fuhrman's book because I didn't understand or remember why he would plead the 5th, so I thought it best to read Mr. Fuhrman's own account. I could not put this book down. It was well organized and explained the facts very well. It is astounding to me and many others after all the evidence that was presented in the trial and OJ Simpson has walked free.

There are three tragedies in this case. The first two are that Nicole and Ron
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, reviewed
At the time, I think I must have watched 90% of the trial, as I worked at home and stayed glued to the TV. There have been a lot of books about this trial as it was a media sensation. And there are many, many, points of view, all of them interesting, probably none of them exactly right. This isn't as good as Bugliosi's take, but it is still good.
Ronnie Cramer
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I finally read this, some 20+ years after the events took place. For some reason (I suppose because I knew that Fuhrman has written subsequent true crime books), I expected this to be a straight-forward account of the Simpson case. It was for the first quarter or so, then turned into Fuhrman's life story and an attempt to set the record straight as he sees it. I can't blame the guy for wanting to defend himself, but it got pretty heavy-handed and self-serving. It was also frustrating once again ...more
Ellen Moore
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. I remember much about the O.J. trial when it occured but learned several new things from Mark Fuhrman's book. It is difficult to imagine someone against whom there was so much evidence of guilt being found not guilty or of a trial getting so far off course. The book was well written and well organized, giving detailed descriptions of the investigation process and steps taken by the detectives.
Jan 26, 2009 rated it liked it
The true (?) story of the O J Simpson case by one of the first detectives on the scene. Mishandling of evidence seems to have been rife and no wonder 'The Juice' was 'not guilty'. Fuhrman was subsequently (wrongly?) discredited and had to retire from the force while O J continued as a celebrity until later events overtook him.
Michael Webb
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I resisted buying this book for a long time because of the author and not being fond of the publisher. The book is competent, but a little whiny, as the author still seems to be unable to imagine why everyone was so mad at him.
Gretchen Linville
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So good! A must read. This guy got majorly bashed and did not deserve it.
May 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Mark Fuhrman wrote the most boring book about an incredibly interesting subject. There was no real honesty or insight to his take on the case. Very disappointing.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. Now I know it was wise to avoid the TV coverage of this murder trial. I don't think I could have stood it.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m at a loss for words after just having finished this book. It is absolutely incredible. The writer in me had a few critiques for the actual writing style, but that’s obviously completely irrelevant, since Fuhrman is not a writer and doesn’t claim to be. So with that said, I give this book five stars based on both the content and the fact that this man deserves any credit he can get. I pretty much devoured this book because I have an obsession with the Simpson case, and it is without argument ...more
Jules Hunter
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Did you ever listen to someone make excuses for something you don't blame them for? That's what this is and it gets irritating. Mr. Fuhrman does provide a lot of details and information regarding the case but mostly the book is summed up with, "I did my job and they blamed me." I don't doubt that. Fuhrman was probably a fine police officer too and I'm sorry he had to go through that. I just didn't expect it to be the subject of the book.
I did appreciate the step by step experience of the crime s
Debby Wilford
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read 4 different books about the OJ Simpson murders. This one was, by far, the best of the books. I was surprised at the good job that the supposed "racist cop" that investigated the crime did in giving a good view of all the different parties involved in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes. It was also a shame to see, both in this book and the others, how little the different agencies worked together and how territorial they were over their individual pieces of the pie. It is a ...more
Philip Vuco
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Downloaded a Kindle version because of some t.v. series that began. I actually found this a fascinating read through a detective's POV of the Simpson-Goldman murders. Stuff such as a bloody fingerprint on the rear gate, polic politics as Furhman and Ronald Phillips turning the case over to 2 senoir detectives Lange-Vannatter, and that 14 police officers arrived prior to Furhman and spotted one bloody glove.
Fuhrman's good as a writer. He was able to keep my attention throughout the book. It slowe
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
This book leaves you with bad vibes in your mouth. Mark Furham, I must thank you. Mmh. Thank you for putting all those egotistical law heads in their place. Yes, thank you for punching back. I was not their when this crime happened. But, it is highly irresponsible and unfair to pin the loss of the trial on one person's shoulders. Furham's foul crying is very much justified.

The problem with Furhman is that he chose the wrong topic to spin his mouth about. He chose the wronv topic for his screenpl
Bill Greenwood
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While some may dismiss this book as somewhat self-serving, Fuhrman goes into detail about several facts of the case which were not properly put to the jury, or ignored completely by the prosecutors. The most powerful part of the book, I thought, was when the author basically destroyed any notion of there being some form of conspiracy to frame Simpson by laying out some basic facts of California law. Basically, he debunks completely the idea that 4 cops would conspire to commit perjury within hou ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-legal
*Three months on the "New York Times" bestseller list* Twenty years ago, America was captivated by the awful drama of the O.J. Simpson trial. The Simpson "Dream Team" legal defense had a seemingly impossible task: convincing a jury that their client, a man the whole country had watched flee from police, was innocent of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. In order for O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, the defense attorneys had to destroy the reputation of Mark Fuhrman, a bril ...more
Vince Cooper
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the book very interesting and honest. Fuhrman is openly critical of all mistakes made during the case, even ones he made. It's sad he was the most competent cop on the entire investigation, yet was the one that took the blame for everything that went wrong. If you believe Mark Fuhrman was a racist cop and fail to have an open mind or do further research, you will likely not enjoy this book.
Anthony Whisnant
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The author's writing style and layout of the story was a bit disjointed, but overall a good book that ties up some lose ends in the OJ Simpson case. I believe Detective Mark Fuhrman was thrown under the bus by an inept prosecution team and then vilified by sensationalist reporting in the media's coverage. This book convinces me that OJ Simpson is "absolutely, 100 percent guilty"!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A theater scene was established and the world watched this event without blinking.Fuhrman became a writer after the trial,like as the others do.Prosecutors and lawyers became richer day by day.On the other hand,Nicole and Ron were brutally murdered.
The final decision will be seen on the Day of Judgment.Then there is no escape for that day.No lies.No deception.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly forthright & informative

Information about the case which will make you question almost everything you thought you knew about Mark Furhrman's involvement in the Simpson case.
Katie Graham
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I got tired of reading how everyone in LA wronged him and how the case SHOULD have run.
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Former LAPD detective, true crime writer and talk radio host.

He is primarily known for his part in the investigation of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and his subsequent felony conviction for perjury.