The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad [NOOK Book]


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The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad

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There is no statute of limits on homicide, but thousands of murders remain unsolved. New York City's Cold Case Squad is whittling away at a backlog of nearly 9,000 murders. The Restless Sleep tracks these intrepid, talented detectives as they track down culprits in three hideous crimes.
Publishers Weekly
NPR contributor Horn's deft writing and unique access to detectives laboring to bring justice to the many forgotten victims of murder create a significant addition to the genre. Horn tracks four very different unsolved killings-a brutal torture of drug dealers while their young children were restrained in an adjoining room; the murder of an off-duty cop who interrupted a robbery in progress; an apparent sex crime turned fatal that claimed the life of a teenager; and the fetishistic strangling of a transplanted Southerner. Each crime presents unique obstacles for the dedicated detectives assigned to them, and each yields very different results. The heroic and three-dimensional portrayals of the individual police officers are compelling, but many will find more novelty in Horn's detailed assessment of the bureaucratic turf battles surrounding the cold case squad, and the serious obstacles NYPD reformers continue to face. Several notches above the typical reporter's insights into the realities of criminal justice, and, given the continued popularity of the CBS TV drama Cold Case, Horn's book is likely to find a wide readership. Agent, Betsy Lerner. (July 11) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Horn (Waiting for My Cats To Die), founder of the virtual salon, again turns her attention to death. In the aftermath of 9/11, Horn met some temporarily reassigned homicide detectives and was intrigued by their particular work. She has spent the time since then getting an insider's view of the NYPD's Cold Case Squad, with this gripping overview of the history of the squad and its seemingly impossible task as a result. By focusing on four cases-one dating back to the 1950s-and four detectives, Horn is able to delve deeply into how the squad works. She pulls no punches as she lays bare the behind-the-scenes NYPD politics. Interestingly, although she intended to tell the story of the Cold Case Squad through profiles of the detectives, it is the victims and the details of their cases that are the clear focus of this book. From the years-long dedication of these professionals, who never give up, it is clear that they would want the story told no other way. Horn is a talented writer who reassures herself and readers that cold case detectives never forget. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Karen Sandlin Silverman, CFAR-Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440649240
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 348,489
  • File size: 871 KB

Meet the Author

Stacy Horn, a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered, is the author of Waiting for My Cats to Die and Cyberville.

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Table of Contents

1 Linda Leon and Esteban Martinez 3
2 A brief history of the Cold Case Squad 14
3 Police officer Ronald Stapleton 28
4 Christine Diefenbach 38
5 Jean Sanseverino 52
6 Detective Wendell Stradford : the Leon-Martinez double homicide 65
7 Detective Steve Kaplan : the Ronald Stapleton case 105
8 Detective Tommy Wray : the Christine Diefenbach case 143
9 Detectives Walter Duffy, William Kelly, et al. : the Jean Sanseverino case 173
10 Detective Wendell Stradford : the Leon-Martinez double homicide 219
11 Detective Steve Kaplan : the Ronald Stapleton case 232
12 Detective Tommy Wray : the Christine Diefenbach case 248
13 Detective Wendell Stradford : the Jean Sanseverino case 255
14 The future of the Cold Case Squad 273
15 Epilogue 286
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005


    If you're going to do crime, get a fact checker. ie, Rockaway is in Queens not Brooklyn. I am hardly a prude but if I want to hear the f word infinitum, I'd buy a rap CD Ann Rule will lose no sleep with this one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    A Stunning Work

    There seems to be a fad for cold cases these days, and with good reason. Real life unsolved mysteries, real lives ruined, real people finding the bad guys -- this is the stuff reality television and fiction writers are knocking themselves out to make up. And here it is -- except it's all true. The really amazing part is how this writer manages to work her way into the very inner sanctum of the police force, digging up innumerable details about some very chilling murders, getting close to the men who will bring the killers to justice. Nobody's perfect in Horn's world, which makes the stories of four unsolved New York City murders and the detectives on the case that much more gritty and real, and moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    True crime: the real thing

    Horn achieves in the Restless Sleep what a lot of better known crime writers and journalists never quite manage--transparency. If her language is a little gritty, it is because that's the world she brings to us. She has put herself in the shoes of the victims and the heads of the detectives in a way that lets us feel what it's like to live in their world. You can't really beat Ann Rule for your standard model true crime book, but Stacy Horn refines the form that Rule rules. Horn doesn't just tell you the story, she puts you in the story. Honestly, it's not always a pleasant experience: some of the people Horn talks about die horribly, and she doesn't let you look away. But if you wanted it all prettied up, you should probably just watch Matlock reruns.

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