Meet Pete Razanskas, 22-year veteran homicide cop and Marcella Winn, a rookie detective who grew up in the ‘hood. They’re an unlikely partnership whose job it is to attempt to close some of the hundreds of murder cases that happen every year in the gang-infested streets of South-Central LA. Crime reporter Miles Corwin gained unprecedented access to shadow them for the usual hot summer of endless homicide. We meet the cops, the victims and the murders (Crips and Bloods, drug dealers, psychopaths and even killer kids), witness their incredible daily lives and hear their stories in intimate detail. ‘The Killing Season’ is a raw, shocking and riveting story of an extreme place not far from the ordinary world where war rages on the streets and life has little value.
After becoming hooked on the brilliant Southland– a Los Angeles cop drama, it was only natural that this book would appeal. Miles Corwin expertly documents the world of the LAPD detective and the senseless killings that define the South-Central area of Los Angeles. Following a veteran detective- the wonderful Pete Razanskas- and his feisty new partner Marcella Winn- we gain a real insight into the crippling hours, an severely under-funded police department and the physical and emotional effects of this environment, not only on the police officers but also on the the victims of crime and the perpetrators themselves. A truly powerful slice of social commentary but replete with mordant wit and an essential humanity.