A Cold Case

Philip Gourevitch

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From a prize-winning author and, in Elmore Leonard’s words, “a knockout writer,” comes a masterfully written and gripping tale of a determined investigator who reopens an unresolved case of double homicide in New York nearly thirty years after the brutal event. Philip Gourevitch vividly evokes the almost vanished gangland of New York in the sixties, and carries us deep into the lives and minds, the passions and perplexities, of two extraordinary men who embody opposing but quintessentially American codes of being—the lawman Andy Rosenzweig and the outlaw Frankie Koehler. With A Cold Case, Gourevitch masterfully transforms a criminal investigation into a searchingliterary reckoning with the urges that drive one man to murder and another to hunt murderers.

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A Cold Case
PART ONEDead or AliveCHAPTER ONEON NOVEMBER 15, 1944, an Army deserter named Frank Gilbert Koehler was arrested for burglary in New York City. Frankie, as he liked to be called, had no criminal record. He had walked off his post at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after suffering unsustainable financial reversals in a crap game in the latrine, and when it was discovered that he was fifteen years old and had lied about his age to enlist, he was sent to children's court, declared a juvenile delinquent, and returned to military control. Six monthslater, Koehler--AWOL again, and for good--shot

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“Gripping, first rate . . . beyond the outright suspense here . . . is a meditation on the very essence of crime.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“This terse, eloquent book reminded me of many of the classic European novels, because the expected end is not the end at all. The mystery, it turns out, is not how these murders occurred or how the killer was caught but, rather, the nature of crime itself.”—Scott Turow

“Part study of the criminal mind, part appraisal of the strange mechanics of justice, it is a trenchant, pithy, atmospheric book.”—Times Literary Supplement

“The book's province lies somewhere between those of Cain and Camus . . . Matthew Arnold said a novel by Tolstoy is not a work of art but a piece of life . . . An inversion applies here: a piece of life by Philip Gourevitch is a work of art.”—Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Chronicle

“Gourevitch is one of the finest journalists working today; his portrait of gangland in New York in the 1960s is brilliant.”—Sebastian Junger

“Using a snappy, terse prose style that mimics a police procedural . . . A Cold Case is a lively, vastly readable book.”—John Freeman, The Denver Post

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Philip Gourevitch

Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer at The New Yorker, lives in New York City. His last book, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, won the National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Book Awards.

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A Cold Case
Philip Gourevitch

Trade Paperback

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Picador
July 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312420024
ISBN10: 0312420021
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
July 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429981101
ISBN10: 1429981105
192 pages
$7.99
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