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Kind of Blue (Ash Levine #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  711 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
When a legendary ex-cop is murdered in L.A., the pressure's on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago. A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored-and consumed wi ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Oceanview Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Naomi Blackburn
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just wrapped up Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin...This turned out to be a great read. This is the book I was concerned was going to be like a bad detective story, but it turned out to be anything but...My only criticism of it is that the author made multiple references to incidents in the main characters past that in my opinion should have either been done as a first in series or prequel...This is a character I easily could see turn into a series character and do really well in it. If the trials ...more
Brenda
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good police drama, strong on the investigation itself. The first third of the book was a bit slow with introducing characters, setting the personal life, and reviewing the past year. I had a good sense of the detective's doggedness in his pursuit of the criminals. There were some twists and turns, one in particular that was really surprising. Altogether a satisfying book.
Maddy
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Ash Levine, homicide detective
SETTING: Lost Angeles
SERIES: Debut
RATING: 3.25

Ash Levine was one of the best homicide detectives working for the LAPD who gave up his job, consumed with guilt for failing to protect a witness in a case he was working on. Ever since, he’s been trying to determine who murdered Latisha Patton, an endeavor which has gotten him nowhere.

But then Pete Relovich, a legendary ex-cop, is killed; and Lieutenant Frank Duffy is being pressured to put the best detect
...more
Jay Fromkin
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Mile Corwin, for a literate police procedural with nary a serial killer in sight. Asher Levine, a Jewish cop who quit the LAPD after his witness in a murder case is executed, is called back as lead investigator when a retired cop is killed down in San Pedro. Ultimately, the old cold case and the new hot one intertwine in a web of gang violence and police corruption. Corwin draws his characters well, imbuing each with his or her own set of physical and behavioral qualities, and the dia ...more
Lily
May 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't like writing reviews, but this was seriously the most contrived book I've ever read. Major points:

1) Props for having a Jewish detective. But a Jewish detective whose name is "Ash Levine", has a neurotic mother and a brother for a lawyer, has a chip on his shoulder about the Holocaust, and then proceeds to date a Lebanese girl? Please. Over it.
2) While we're at it, a detective who is divorced and therefore depressed and drinking? See above.
3) Yes, we get that you're trying to make a tri
...more
Tania
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really enjoy police procedurals, particularly if it's about the LAPD. I only give this 2 stars because the protagonist's feelings of guilt over his relatives death in the holocaust was not compellingly or believable. The plot, of all three of them, made the story kinda clunky. A more focused story with deeper character development would have helped this effort.
Harvey
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is first in (presumably/hopefully) a series featuring LA Felony Special detective Asher Levine. The character and backstory are very interesting (e.g. child of Holocaust survivor) and sets up some interesting dynamics for this and subsequent books.

This is in essence a police procedural but focuses more on the bullheaded/obsessed detective solving multiple murders (including a guilt-enducing cold case). This reminded me (favorably) of Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch where Levine is the "star" l
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Byron
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hyper-cliche LA-based cop procedural. Detective Ash Levine likes to do things his own way, much to the chagrin of the angry chief. He's haunted by the memory of a witness he failed to protect. He took some time off on the force, but they pulled him back in, like Al Pacino in the Godfather Part III, because he was the only one who could crack the case. Have I mentioned the part where he's Jewish (obvs), his mom is ridonkulously overbearing, his father, who happens to be much older than his mother ...more
Corissa
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it! All the hateful criticism is such a waste of time. If you didn't like the book - why did you finish it? I thought it was an easy read that kept one's interest throughout. Check it out!
ronald damato
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surf into the sunset

First MilesCorwin read,it was apage turner from end to end. So many twists,turns and suspects. Ash Levine never sleeps. The only problem I had was the author seemed to have trouble ending the story but he pulled it all
Together.
maharishi
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good first book

Can get a little wordy and descriptive at times, but overall great first book. I look forward to some tightening and good character development over time.
Carl Brookins
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

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 ca
...more
Patricia
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Kind of Blue” introduces Ash Levine, an LA detective, who quit the department after his witness in a homicide case was murdered. Ash had promised the witness that he would protect her. He has been haunted by guilt since her death.

Lieutenant Frank Duffy, who feels that Ash is his best detective, asks Ash to return to work to investigate the death of Pete Relovich, a former police officer. Pete had quit the force after serving thirteen years. Pete’s father also served as a police officer. Pete’s
...more
John
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good story, but a bit contrived. It reminds me a lot of Harry Bosch, but the author is not quite up to Michael Connelly's standard. The main character is Jewish detective Ash Levine who had quit the LAPD a year ago because he is consumed by guilt when his witness is murdered and Ash feels responsible. He is recalled to the force when an ex-cop is murdered. It is an interesting dual mystery as Ash investigates both the cop's murder and the murder of his witness. I never came close to q ...more
Michael
In the politically connected LAPD, a retired cop is murdered. Since his father was a retired police captain, the asstant chief wants Lt. Frank Duffy to put his best homicide detective on the case.

Duffy admits that his best detective quit a year ago after a dispute when one of his witnesses was killed.

He's told to get Levine back on the job and make him the primary investigtor on the case.

Ash had been itchy to return to the job. The old case was still on his mind and he thought he'd have an oppor
...more
Arapahoe Libraries
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joannes-picks
Joanne said "A fine first novel that marks the arrival of a strong new voice in hard boiled crime fiction After the engaging, Jewish detective, Ash Levine resigns; he is lured back to the elite LAPD Felony Squad to solve the murder of ex cop Pete Relovich. His return is motivated by the opportunity to continue to investigate the case that caused his resignation. Levine is an intuitive, driven detective with a stereotypical Jewish mother, a susceptibility to women he meets in his investigations a ...more
Dan Shively
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can almost hear the ghost of Miles Davis drifting through the streets of Los Angeles as you follow the dark and magnetic protagonist Ash Levine down the rabbit hole of intrigue and mystery in “Kind of Blue”.

The diverse and colorful characters pull you through an accelerating narrative that will consume your weekend in a state of hypnotic reverie. The art cop who looks like he's been pulled straight from a Picasso Painting, the pestering mother with a serious vendetta against empty stomachs,
...more
JoAnne Pulcino
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fine first novel that marks the arrival of a strong new voice in hard boiled crime fiction
After the engaging, Jewish detective, Ash Levine resigns; he is lured back to the elite LAPD Felony Squad to solve the murder of ex cop Pete Relovich. His return is motivated by the opportunity to continue to investigate the case that caused his resignation.
Levine is an intuitive, driven detective with a stereotypical Jewish mother, a susceptibility to women he meets in his investigations and is soothed b
...more
Sara
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Michael Connelly, you might like this series - set in L.A. on familiar Harry Bosch stomping grounds. I picked it up for 99 cents as a Kindle special. Asher Levine's voice is attractive and it's a perfectly competent police procedural with fun Jewish asides and insights into what it's like to be a Jewish cop in L.A. The plot is well worked out and the characters memorable enough that you can remember who is who. So why only 3 stars? It plods a bit and for me, it was not a real page-tu ...more
Heather
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I read Corwin's Midnight Alley before this novel and really enjoyed the lead character and the story. In this first novel, Detective Ash isn't as likeable. As a first novel, I think the author was trying to hard to make the story darker and edgier. The whole relationship with the cheating girlfriend was unnecessary and detracted from the story. Detective Ash is Jewish and the prejudice he experiences and the fact that his father was a Holocaust survivor are a large part of the story. His overwhe ...more
Beverly
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Asher Levine quit the LAPD when the witness he was protecting (and also sleeping with) was murdered. He was suspended by his mentor and lieutenant and felt betrayed. He cannot forgive himself. He is the son of Holocaust survivors and a former member of the Israeli army. His mentor, Duffy, offers him his job back when a retired cop is found murdered. Ash comes back in the hopes that he can also find the person who murdered his witness. The two cases intertwine. He is a like able character who kno ...more
Beth
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I bought this book on my kindle because it was the deal of the day - 99 cents - and a mystery to boot - I'm always looking for new mysteries. It took me awhile to get into this book, new characters, based in LA, etc but in the end I enjoyed it. Ash Levine is a little overly dramatic for me (always wanting to handle it himself - hello, you are a homicide detective bring back-up) but in the end I was interested to see "who done it" and it was kind of two mysteries for the price of one, which I enj ...more
Jennifer Melnyk
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle, 2013
For me, this book started out kind of slow. It wasn't until I got about 20% in that I found myself unwilling to put the book down.

I agree with another reviewer here that compared Miles Corwin to Joseph Wambaugh. The only difference is that Wambaugh is a former cop and Corwin is a (former?) journalist. The attention to detail is VERY similar though.

My favorite parts of the book were the parts where he mentioned actual Los Angeles landmarks. Even some I didn't know about (And I've been ALL over
...more
Monica
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
LAPD Detective Ash Levine quit his job because one of his witnesses was killed. A year later, at loose ends, he is called back to the job to take the case of the murder of a retired LAPD officer. Corwin is a former LA Times crime reporter. This is a good police procedural - details of the way a good detective works a case that are pretty believable. Levine is a well drawn character, but too many people try to kill him in the last quarter of the book - it gets a bit much.
Betty
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Miles Corwin is my latest discovery in crime fiction. His protagonist is really interesting -- a Jewish cop, son of holocaust survivors, and a surfer. Impulsive and driven, but also very human and likeable. The book does not, thank heaven, adhere to the current fad of creating the grisliest murder the author can imagine, so the fun of the book really is in following the clues to the solution.
Anne
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you need a thesaurus of racist, misogynist, and homophobic terms and stereotypes, buy this book!! Includes, at no extra charge, dozens of hackneyed plot twists for readers with diminished vision--you can see these babies coming from five chapters ahead!
I kept hoping there would be one interesting thing in this book, but no. Read more than half of it, and I just can't go on. Not when I've got a new Jo Nesbo waiting for me.
MA
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
There's little I can add that others haven't already said. Interesting lead character, similar to Harry Bosch in Michael Connely's books. Connely's the master, as Corwin's notes in his acknowledgements at the end of the book, but Miles Corwin is well on his way in this first novel. Looking forward to the second novel and learning more about Ash Levine.

Jill
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: police procedural, suspense, miles corwin
I thought it was a pretty good book. I thought Homicide Special was better than this one but this one still pretty good and followed in the tradition of the previous books. The character Ash Levine, was very intesene and very involved in both case -solving the ex-cop murder and the last case before he quit.
Naomi
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ash Levine, a detective in the LAPD can't let go of the fact that a witness he promised to protect was murdered. When he is asked to take another case, he tries to keep working on the first one to clear his conscience. This is a interesting first novel by the author but is a candidate for a series which would probably be good reading.
Brenda
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He should stick to the crime. Too much unnecessary surfing IDF and food. I skipped through just enough to stay fascinated by the details. None of the twists and turns surprised me. Still couldn't put it down til I finished.

For all of the above reasons.
Los Angeles detectives love their city and love the roads and highways and weather.
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Miles Corwin, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, is the author of three books. The Killing Season (1997) was a national bestseller. And Still We Rise (2000) was awarded the PEN USA West award for nonfiction. Homicide Special (2004) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and received his M.A. at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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