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FSG, Jul 2001, 22.00, 182 pp.
ISBN: 0374125139

    In 1970 long time criminal Frank Koeller kills two people. However, instead of making the arrest, NYPD inexplicably declares Frank dead and closes the case. Almost three decades later a partially obsessed NYPD detective Andy Rosenzweig manages to reopen the double homicide case and arrest the now elderly killer.
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    A COLD CASE is a police procedual based on a true story. There is no action to this tale, but the way that Philip Gourevitch manages to get inside the minds of the two prime players, Koeller and Rosenzweig, is incredible. This character study will provide insight to the inner turmoil of a veteran cop and the convoluted logic of a lifetime felon and murderer. As Rosenzweig asks “Who speaks for the dead”? Obviously not the Lorax or even most of society, but individuals like Mr. Gourevitch and Mr. Rosenzweig certainly do.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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