Kind of Blue – 5 Stars

Miles Corwin

Oceanview Publishing, 2010, 323 Pages

ISBN No. 978-1-60809-007-5


Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid



“Kind of Blue” introduces Ash Levine, an LA detective, who quit the department after his witness in a homicide case was murdered.  Ash had promised the witness that he would protect her.  He has been haunted by guilt since her death.


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Lieutenant Frank Duffy, who feels that Ash is his best detective, asks Ash to return to work to investigate the death of Pete Relovich, a former police officer.  Pete had quit the force after serving thirteen years.   Pete’s father also served as a police officer.   Pete’s murder appeared to be a breaking and entering gone bad.   A number of people in authority want Pete’s murderer found and punished.  Duffy felt that Ash was the person to accomplish this task.


Ash accepted the job not only because he had been at loose ends since quitting but also felt that it would give him a better chance to investigate the death of Latisha Patton, the witness in his homicide case.


The deeper Ash gets into the case; he discovers there is no simple answer as to why Relovich was murdered.  As Ash pursues the few clues he can uncover he places himself in danger.  Ash is not a person to give up easily and eventually discovers a world of compromises and public corruption.  Even as he investigates his current murder case, he is always looking for information regarding the death of Latisha.


Ash’s mother and her unending concern for her son add a light note to a very serious book.  Ash Levine is a character that I hope to see often between the covers of a book.   Ash is the son of a concentration camp survivor and a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces.  He is a fan of jazz and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album is his favorite.


Miles Corwin is a former crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times.  Corwin has written a book full of danger, excitement, and secrets that shock and surprise his readers.