FSG, Jul 2001, 22.00, 182 pp.
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.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner