Oceanview Publishing, 2012, 304 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1-6080-038-9
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
When I reviewed “Kind of Blue” I commented that Miles Corwin had written a book full of danger, excitement and secrets and “Midnight Alley” is more of the same. The reader learns more about Ash Levine, top detective in the LAPD’s Felony Special squad. Ash is not an ordinary detective. He served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces and this experience gives him a little different outlook.
This second in the Ash Levine series puts Ash in charge of solving the murder of two young black men found shot to death in a Venice Alley. The timing could not be worse. Ash has just left for a weekend with his ex-wife Robin. When he received the call ordering him back to work, Robin understood, but Ash was very disappointed.
Raymond Pinkney, one of the victims, was the son of City Councilman Isaac Pinkney. Isaac has been a frequent critic of the LAPD. Ash is under heavy pressure to find the killer but the case is puzzling. Teshay Winfield, the other victim, had just returned from serving in the armed forces. The two victims had known each other when they were younger but had gone separate ways. What brought them together to be found dead in an alley? And what was the strange marking on Pinkney’s bicep? And what does it mean? These are just a few of the many questions that leave Ash searching for answers.
Ash discovers that Teshay had returned to the States with a mask he discovered while serving overseas. Teshay had high hopes that the mask would bring him a lot of money. The more answers that Ash finds the more danger he is placing himself in.
This is a complicated story that reveals itself little by little until the surprising conclusion. It leaves the reader waiting for more about Ash Levine, his life, and the cases he investigates in a manner that is totally devoted to solving the puzzles presented to him.