Crime Reporter Turned University Professor Releases Second Detective Novel

Former LA Times crime reporter Miles Corwin gets a nice write-up in the Orange County Register today about his latest novel Midnight Alley, released April 16. It’s the second in an ongoing series about the adventures of LAPD Felony Special Squad detective Ash Levine.

Corwin, who freelances for various publications and teaches in the English department at UC Irvine, got to spend a lot of time during his LAT days with city police officers. His follow-up to 2010’s Kind of Blue is once again heavily derived from that privileged journalistic access:

The novel’s fast-paced plot is heavily based on Corwin’s own experiences and observations from the time he spent shadowing Homicide Special and working as a crime reporter. Corwin followed the detective unit to crime scenes, interrogations, autopsies, and arrests. He says that it was getting to see Los Angeles crime so close and personal that inspired his fiction.

“I really felt I had a great advantage in that I was able to be with the detectives as they were investigating these cases, as they were talking to suspects, killers, the Russian mafia, Ukranian prostitutes,” Corwin said. “All this stuff that I was able to witness with the detectives and I was able to then use that to make my fiction more realistic which I thought gave me a real advantage over many crime writers because very few writers have the opportunity to spend time with detectives like I did.”

Register reporter Stephanie Weldy also revisits Corwin’s entanglement with the Robert Blake murder trial. To read the full article, click here. (Corwin has also written three non-fiction books: The Killing Season, And Still We Rise and Homicide Special.)

[Jacket cover courtesy Oceanview Publishing]

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