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A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad (utgåvan 2016)

av Del Quentin Wilber (Författare)

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"Twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and a furious hunt for an especially brutal killer--February 2013 was a good month for murder in suburban Washington, D.C. After gaining unparalleled access to the homicide unit in Prince George's County, which borders the nation's capital, Del Quentin Wilber begins shadowing the talented, often quirky detectives who get the call when a body falls. He rides with a hard-charging investigator who pops diet pills while devouring cheeseburgers; he stands over a corpse with a hulking investigator who works security at a cemetery to earn extra money; he spends hours in the interrogation room--a.k.a. "the box"--with a chain-smoking vegan determined to solve the most difficult case of his career. And then, after a quiet couple of months, all hell breaks loose: suddenly every detective in the squad is working day and night to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. In particular, the entire unit becomes obsessed with a "red ball," a high-profile case involving a 17-year-old honor student attacked by a gunman who kicked down the door to her house and murdered her in her bed. Murder is the police investigator's ultimate crucible: to solve a killing, a detective must speak for the dead. More than any recent book, A Good Month for Murder shows what it takes to succeed when the stakes couldn't possibly be higher"--… (mer)
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Titel:A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad
Författare:Del Quentin Wilber (Författare)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2016), 288 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad av Del Quentin Wilber

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In February 2013, journalist Del Quentin Wilbur spent a month with the Homicide Squad in Prince George’s County, which borders Washington DC. PG County (as it is referred to in the book) is in a fairly deprived area with a high crime rate, especially gun crime.

Wilbur gives details of the cases that the detectives investigate during the month of February, with maybe extra focus on the particularly heinous and apparently unmotivated murder of a young female in her own home.

I loved this book. The descriptions of the crime scenes, and how they affected the detectives was so well described, and more than just giving details of the work that these incredible people do, it also demonstrated how it affected them personally. I did feel that it must have clearly been influenced by David Simon’s ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ (which for my money is one of the best non-fiction books ever written), and indeed, Wilbur does reference this book and explains that he wanted to see how the job of homicide detective had changed since Homicide was written in the late 80s.

This book made me thankful that I live in a country where gun crime is not prevalent – in PG County it’s basically part of life, and many innocent people get caught up in it – and made me wonder what it must be like to live your life constantly in fear.

Anyway, my review cannot do this book justice, but I do highly recommend it, especially for fans of true crime. There is no sensationalism here, just an interesting narrative of the facts, showing how the detectives go about their jobs, while trying to keep their own lives and minds intact. ( )
  Ruth72 | Mar 28, 2021 |
A complete 180 from my usual cozy mystery. This has the fast-paced, in-depth feel of journalistic writing, no doubt because of the author's years as a newspaper reporter, and really does make you feel like you're right there on the scene of the crime or in the interrogation 'box' with the detectives. The author makes it clear he couldn't be with every detective on every case (a physical impossibility) but I wish he'd included more time with the female detectives in his coverage. Other than the one minor complaint, this is hands down a winner. ( )
  wandaly | Jul 21, 2017 |
I read this book shortly after reading Ghettocide. It was interesting to pair them together. This was the insider's view of a high crime rate police department.

It was, as I said interesting, but a bit difficult to follow. There were perhaps too many detectives featured and the narrative a bit jumpy ( )
  woodsathome | Mar 19, 2017 |
Received this through Goodreads Giveaway. 3.5 stars. My main complaint is that it was hard to keep track of names and cases, as the author jumped around throughout the book. I also would recommend reading the authors note at the end first; it clarified a few questions I had about the text. Overall, it was quite interesting to see what real police work is like, especially relating to homicide. If you like true crime, this book is for you. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Wilber details an unusually difficult month in the life of a homicide squad in a low-income county outside of Washington, DC. Plenty of information about the toll working late hours under difficult conditions take on the detectives, as well as detail about the investigative process itself.

Because of the large number of crimes covered in the book, as well as the number of detectives investigating those crimes, I never felt any particular attachment to any character. But maybe that's just as well - after a few chapters, I realized that the overwhelming workload was part of the point of the book! Sad how many of the victims were just innocent people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Made me thankful that my children and I live in a relatively boring community!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels or police procedurals. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction! ( )
  joyceclark | Aug 24, 2016 |
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Propulsive account of a hard-charging homicide unit in a high-crime Washington, D.C., suburb.

Wilber (Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, 2011), who covers the Justice Department for the Los Angeles Times, develops a vivid sense of place alongside gritty workaday realities, resulting in a fresh take on the familiar topic of killers and their pursuers. He focuses on Prince George’s County, a sprawling “microcosm of the new America” that conceals startling murder rates, even during the chilly February of 2013, when the detectives he shadowed felt “there was simply too much pent-up violence on the streets, and it needed an outlet.”
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"Twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and a furious hunt for an especially brutal killer--February 2013 was a good month for murder in suburban Washington, D.C. After gaining unparalleled access to the homicide unit in Prince George's County, which borders the nation's capital, Del Quentin Wilber begins shadowing the talented, often quirky detectives who get the call when a body falls. He rides with a hard-charging investigator who pops diet pills while devouring cheeseburgers; he stands over a corpse with a hulking investigator who works security at a cemetery to earn extra money; he spends hours in the interrogation room--a.k.a. "the box"--with a chain-smoking vegan determined to solve the most difficult case of his career. And then, after a quiet couple of months, all hell breaks loose: suddenly every detective in the squad is working day and night to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. In particular, the entire unit becomes obsessed with a "red ball," a high-profile case involving a 17-year-old honor student attacked by a gunman who kicked down the door to her house and murdered her in her bed. Murder is the police investigator's ultimate crucible: to solve a killing, a detective must speak for the dead. More than any recent book, A Good Month for Murder shows what it takes to succeed when the stakes couldn't possibly be higher"--

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