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A Good Month for Murder
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A Good Month for Murder
The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad
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Bestselling author Del Quentin Wilber tells the inside story of how a homicide squad—a dedicated, colorful team of detectives—does its almost impossible job

Twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and the 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. After a quiet couple of months, all hell breaks loose: suddenly every detective in the squad is scrambling to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. Meanwhile, the entire unit is obsessed with a stone-cold "red ball," a high-profile case involving a seventeen-year-old honor student attacked by a gunman who kicked down the door to her house and shot 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.

Bestselling author Del Quentin Wilber tells the inside story of how a homicide squad—a dedicated, colorful team of detectives—does its almost impossible job

Twelve homicides, three police-involved shootings and the 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. After a quiet couple of months, all hell breaks loose: suddenly every detective in the squad is scrambling to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. Meanwhile, the entire unit is obsessed with a stone-cold "red ball," a high-profile case involving a seventeen-year-old honor student attacked by a gunman who kicked down the door to her house and shot 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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  • Del Quentin Wilber is the New York Times-bestselling author of Rawhide Down, an account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. An award-winning reporter who previously worked for The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post, he now covers the justice department for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Proving that real life is nothing like television, this bird's-eye view of real police investigating a rash of murders in Prince George's County, Maryland, is a sobering look at police work. Narrator Johnny Heller walks listeners through this account of 12 murders in one month and how a group of exhausted, overworked detectives try to solve the crimes. Heller speaks in a matter-of-fact tone as the author breaks down the crimes. While the story is at times overburdened with excessive background on the characters, the book's realism sets it apart from crime novels and television shows. There are no gotcha revelations from a drop of blood to solve the crime--just tons of tedious police work. M.S. � AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    Starred review from September 1, 2016

    According to Wilber (Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan), February 2013 was a "good month for murder." Twelve murders and three police-involved shootings hit hard the already overworked homicide squad of Maryland's Prince George's County police department. Located outside of Washington, DC, the county has gritty detectives trying to finish cases and bring a bit of closure to the families left behind. These real-life investigators are not the stuff of fiction, nor do all the cases get wrapped up with a neat little bow. This book may remind listeners of David Simon's television show Homicide in its quality, accessibility, and style; it could easily be included on lists of the best true crime books of the past 20 years. Johnny Heller's well-executed narration enhances the listening experience. VERDICT Highly recommended. ["No doubt Wilber has the expertise to pen these accounts, but the presentation is a turnoff": LJ 2/15/16 review of the Holt hc.]--Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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