Following four cold cases from inception to resolution, Horn depicts the world of the victims and their murderers, along with the scientific advancements that don't always yield hoped for answers, and the harrowing politics and tangled history of the NYPD and its cold case unit.Following four cold cases from inception to resolution, Horn depicts the world of the victims and their murderers, along with the scientific advancements that don't always yield hoped for answers, and the harrowing politics and tangled history of the NYPD and its cold case unit.Read Less
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This writer did her homework before putting pen to paper. The result: a gripping read. Forget fiction. This look into the inner workings of a real cold case squad through the eyes of a great story teller won't let go of the reader until long after the last page is turned. Our son was murdered in 1975; never solved. We are part of an organization whose members have each lost a loved one to an unsolved murder. I am giving Stacy Horn's book to as many others as we can afford!! Get it. Read it.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-04-25 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.
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