“Ash Levine, the protagonist of Miles Corwin’s debut novel, Kind of Blue (Oceanview, November), is another music lover: As the title indicates, he’s serious about Miles Davis.
An LAPD detective who comes out of retirement to investigate the murder of another ex-officer, Levine, like an increasing number of thriller heroes, has ties to the Israeli military—he’s a veteran of the IDF. Corwin, who reported for years on the Los Angeles Times crime beat and now teaches in the English department at U.C. Irvine, got to know the grittier parts of his hometown as a young kid, when he lived in the Rosslyn Hotel, a landmark in downtown L.A., “at the edge of Skid Row,” which his grandfather owned.”
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