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About Kind of Blue

Gritty, Quirky, Engaging, Intense

When a legendary ex-cop is murdered in LA, the pressure’s on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago.

A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored—and consumed with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha’s murder.

When he’s asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha’s killer.

Ash dives in headfirst into the shadowlands of Southern California to investigate the ex-cop’s murder. But even when he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn’t sit right with Ash, and he continues working the increasingly dangerous investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha’s murder.

Unable to let either case go until he has answers, Ash finds that his obsessive nature, which propels him into a world of private compromises and public corruption, is a flaw that might prove fatal.



Kind of Blue is my kind of book and I think Miles Corwin is a novelist to watch. This book has character and texture, action, and reflection. It's got it all and I can't wait for more!” —Michael Connelly, New York Times best-selling author

“Mr. Corwin infuses his intimate knowledge of cops and murder in his first novel, Kind of Blue.  Every bit as moving, funny, complex, and exciting as the works of Michael Connelly and Joseph Wambaugh, Kind of Blue launches Miles Corwin to the front rank of crime novelists working LA’s meanest streets.” —Robert Crais, New York Times best-selling author

“Combining a deft, elegant prose style with the acute eye of a veteran crime reporter, Miles Corwin has created a compelling portrait of seasoned homicide cops at work. This is LA’s darkest side: ironic, heartbreaking, stunningly violent, unfailingly human. Riveting.” —Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times best-selling author

“A terrific book; raucous and raconteuring. Homicide cops as you’ve never seen them before. A primer on the boredom and exhilaration of police work—a must read of pit-bull dimensions.” —James Ellroy, best-selling author

* “Former LA Times crime reporter Corwin clearly knows the technical stuff. His procedural details are spot on, but he also knows how to generate adrenaline-producing action, and he gets into the very heart and soul of his multi-faceted protagonist.” —Booklist (Starred Review)

“Years of experience as a Los Angeles Times reporter give Corwin the inside track on the seamy side of the city, and his depiction of the life of a police detective is as real as it gets. Readers of Michael Connelly will rejoice.” —Library Journal

Kind of Blue avoids the overheated prose so often found in crime fiction. Corwin is a minimalist, yet his descriptions are precise. Genuinely suspenseful.” —The Los Angeles Times

“Former LA Times crime reporter Corwin introduces an engaging Jewish police detective in his first novel, a grittily realistic story. [A] strong debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“Filled with the raw, tough, and crude daily routine of police work and life on the mean streets of Los Angeles” —The Big Thrill