A Cold Case by Philip Gourevitch

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A tale of crime and punishment from a prizewinning writer.

A few years ago, Andy Rosenzweig, an inspector for the Manhattan District Attorney's office, was abruptly reminded of an old, unsolved double homicide. It bothered him that Frankie Koehler, the notoriously dangerous suspect, had eluded capture and was still at large. Rosenzweig had known the victims of the crime, for they were childhood friends from the South Bronx: Richie Glennon, a Runyonesque ex-prizefighter at home with both cops and criminals, and Pete McGinn, a spirited restaurateur and father of four. Rosenzweig resolved to find the killer and close the case. In a surprising, intensely dramatic narrative, Philip Gourevitch brings together the story of Rosenzweig's pursuit with a mesmerizing account of Koehler's criminal personality and years on the lam. A Cold Case carries us deep into the lives and minds, the passions and perplexities, of an extraordinary cop and an extraordinary criminal whose lives were entwined over three decades. Set in a New York City that has all but disappeared, and written with a keen ear for the vibrant idiom of the colorful men and women who peopled its streets, this is nonetheless a book for our times. Gourevitch masterfully transforms a criminal investigation into a searching literary reckoning with the forces that drive one man to murder and another to hunt murderers."

 

About Philip Gourevitch

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Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributing editor of the Forward. He has also written from Africa, Asia, and Europe for Granta, Harper's, and The New York Review of Books. Born in 1961, he lives in New York City.
 
Published July 10, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 183 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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A Cold Case Philip Gourevitch 192pp, Picador, £12.99 In 1970, a small-time villain called Frankie Koehler shot and killed two New York restaurateurs called Pete McGinn and Richie Glennon.

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A Cold Case Philip Gourevitch Picador £12.99, pp184 On 18 February 1970, a man named Frankie Koehler murdered Pete McGinn and Richie Glennon in McGinn's apartment in New York City.

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Publishers Weekly

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In 1970, a New York criminal named Frankie Koehler killed two men in cold blood, then disappeared.

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Book Reporter

Everybody knew that Frank Koehler was the killer.

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AV Club

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A Cold Case is so digressive that it could easily have been two or three times as long, had Gourevitch chosen to explore the lives and times of all the characters he meets as expansively as he explores Koehler and Rosenzweig.

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Entertainment Weekly

The fact that Koehler met his armed robbery accomplice at a Times Square movie house showing Gun Crazy (tag line: ''Thrill Crazy, Kill Crazy'') is perfect neon serendipity.

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Entertainment Weekly

The fact that perp Frankie Koehler met his armed robbery accomplice at a Times Square movie house showing ''Gun Crazy'' (tag line: ''Thrill Crazy, Kill Crazy'') is perfect neon serendipity.

Jul 25 2001 | Read Full Review of A Cold Case

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