Kind of Blue: An Ash Levine Thriller

Kind of Blue: An Ash Levine Thriller

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by Miles Corwin

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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


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 with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha's murder.When he's asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha's killer.Ash dives in headfirst into the shadowlands of Southern California to investigate the ex-cop's murder. But even when he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn't sit right with Ash, and he continues working the increasinglydangerous investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha's murder.Unable to let either case go until he has answers, Ash finds that his obsessive nature, which propels him into a world of private compromises and public corruption, is a flaw that might prove fatal.

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Publishers Weekly
Former L.A. Times crime reporter Corwin (Homicide Special: A Year with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit) introduces an engaging Jewish police detective in his first novel, a grittily realistic story of murder, stupidity, and redemption. Ash Levine, the LAPD's top detective, resigns after his suspension for failing to prevent the death of a key witness he was supposed to protect. A year later, Ash's former boss invites him to lead the investigation into an ex-cop's murder. Levine returns to the force, hoping to reopen the case that cost him his job, though not everyone in the department is thrilled to see him back. A jazz lover (hence the Miles Davis–inspired title), the son of a concentration camp survivor, and a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, Ash battles through departmental interference, corruption, and misdirection. Given his strong debut, Ash should be back on the job for further assignments. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Ash Levine is brought out of a self-induced retirement to solve the murder of an LAPD detective who was friends with several high-level police administrators. Following a trail of clues and hints, Levine discovers that he can still solve the most convoluted cases and control his personal traumas. Hard-boiled Jewish cops are few and far between, and Corwin's Levine is a scrappy pit bull of a detective who doesn't let go until the guilty are found. VERDICT Years of experience as a Los Angeles Times reporter give Corwin the inside track on the seamy side of the city, and his depiction of the life of a police detective is as real as it gets. Readers of Michael Connelly will rejoice.

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A native of Los Angeles, Miles Corwin is former crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Corwin is a best-selling author whose previous books include The Killing Season, And StillWe Rise, and Homicide Special.

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Kind of Blue 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot! Lots of dirty and plain stupid cops, a few decent ones. And then Ash the brilliant one. Annoying guy, his go it alone attitude a bit arrogant. Too much description of things that amount to nothing. I did finish it and I would try the author again.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This is yet another mystery where one officer, or one spy, or one superhero, cleans up the problem with little help from others. This focus on an individual rather than the group is popular in fiction, but rarely seen in life. I find it hard to understand the 5 star reviews, but it is a moderately interesting book. Not all interesting books are worth five stars.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Best cop read in a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is two murder mysteries with the seemingly common thread is Ash. Superbly written, cop and ghetto language and thorough understanding of LA's underbelly, interspersed with Yiddishkite. Not too many bizarre circumstances and a well developed story. Highly recommended of the police mystery aficionados. I hope we hear more about Ash Levine. One thing, tough boychik. It is birkat hamazon, and not Bir Mat Hamazon.
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Carl80 More than 1 year ago
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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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Kind of Blue. You can tell that Miles was a crime reporter by how vivid his descriptions are. He's a talented author who knows how to entertain a reader. I would recommend this book to fans of James Patterson and Dennis Lehane.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Ash Levine had quit his detective position in the LA police department because he was suspended from the force when one of his informants was killed. About a year later his boss who had suspended him asks Ash to come back and solve a recent homicide of a retired police officer. Ash thinks it is about time he came back to work and it would give him a chance to find out who killed his informant. Ash is a relentless pursuer and very methodical in the way he approaches the case. His style is a lot like Harry Bosch (from author Michael Connelly). He is also very close to his family and attends Shabbos dinner at his mother's house every Friday. As Ash digs deeper into the case it appears that there are "dirty" police involved. The author does a good job of making it difficult to figure out who on the force is corrupt so you never know when Ash may be tipping off the bad guys as to what he is doing. I liked this book and think Ash has the potential to have some really good future books. I didn't give this book more than three stars because most of the book is told in first person, which spoiled any tension during the times when it seemed Ash could be killed. Secondly there seems to be too many "bad" cops involved in coverups. Lastly, there is a romantic interest with a weird art dealer that seems to add nothing to the plotline.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Ash Levine left the police force last year. He was a star detective, but when Latisha Patton, a witness in a murder investigation he was working on was killed, he blamed himself and left the force. Now, the LAPD wants him back. Why? Because Pete Relovich, an ex-cop, has been murdered and with pressure from the top, Lieutenant Frank Duffy is told to put his best detective on the case. The problem is, Levine is his best detective. Duffy visits Levine (who lives with his mother) and tries his best to woo the detective back to work. Levine finally agrees, but only because he hopes getting back to work will allow him to resume his search for Latisha's murderer. Will Levine be able to solve two murder cases? Levine's first request, once back at work, is to be partnered with Oscar Ortiz, one of the few people he trusts in the LAPD. Unfortunately, Oscar isn't available so Levine declares that he will work alone. Not a wise idea when investigating a violent crime. Next up, Levine heads to the crime scene to see what clues he can find. Duffy tags along but knows enough to stay out of the way and keep his mouth shut while Levine works. The star detective has his own idiosyncratic way of working and doesn't like to be bothered while studying a crime scene. The 'Harbor Division' has already examined the crime scene and concluded that Relovich was killed by a random junkie on the prowl for drugs. But Levine believes the ex-cop knew his killer, or killers, and the hunt is on. Of course, Levine still has plans to solve Patton's murder. Things are about to get messy - and very dangerous. The author, Miles Corwin, has worked as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the knowledge he gained of crime scene investigating at that job comes through on the pages of Kind of Blue. Every autopsy, each interrogation of suspects and witnesses alike, as well as the melodrama of the squard room read realistically. This author has been there, done that. While there is plenty of fast-paced action in Kind of Blue, there are a few spots where the story slows as the author gets a bit sidetracked. For example, a new girlfriend of Arab descent has Levine wondering if a Jewish-Arab relationship could ever work. Additionally, a surfing expedition does lead to a clue in the murder case, but it takes numerous pages of surfing before the clue comes to light. It would have worked better to shorten these escapades. Overall, however, the author stays on target and keeps the reader entertained. Levine's story is told in the first person, which threw me at first as it seemed a bit awkward. But once I got used to his "voice," the story drew me in and the pace seemed to pick up. Levine certainly has some issues (his mother, certain members of the LAPD, guilt over Patton's death) that were brought to the fore through his telling of the story. I enjoyed getting to know Levine in this book and hope to see more of him soon. Quill says: A mystery/crime novel that successfully takes the reader to the gritty back streets of Los Angeles.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former LAPD cop Pete Relovich, renowned for his courage in a Watts incident in which he saved his partner's life and legend says spit out a slug, was killed in his home in San Pedro. Assistant Chief Grazzo informs Lieutenant Duffy to put his best man on the case. Duffy says his top gun Asher Levine quit eleven months ago over what he perceived was his failure to protect homicide witness Latisha Patton who was murdered. Duffy asks Levine to work the homicide of a heroic cop. Levine agrees as he sees this as an opportunity to pay what he believes he owes Latisha by bringing her killer to justice. As he investigates both murders, Levine finds clues that shake his already battered soul. Kind of Blue is an entertaining police procedural that reads more like a Noir as fearless (and foolish) Levine works the mean streets of L.A. with an obsessive vendetta propelling him. Levine owns the fast-paced story line with his take the hill attitude yet knows he feels more than just grief when he follows where the leads take him. Readers will appreciate Miles Corwin's character driven investigative thriller due to the kick butt hero and the strong support cast enhancing his inquiry. Harriet Klausner