Author(s): Philip Gourevitch
A brilliant true tale of crime and punishment in 70s Manhattan from the winner of the Guardian First Book Award. In A Cold Case, Philip Gourevitch, the acclaimed author of We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, tells the story of New York City cop Andy Rosenzweig who, shortly before his retirement, became obsessed with solving a double murder which happened in the early seventies. There was a suspect, who had subsequently disappeared from the city, and although the file was not closed, no work had been done on the case for years. Rosenzweig, through skill and dogged persistence, eventually tracked down the suspect, Frankie Koehler, to Benicia, California, and after a dramatic stakeout arrested him at Penn Station as he was getting off the train to New York. A Cold Case is peopled with the colourful men and women of a New York City criminal milieu that has all but disappeared; its themes - murder and justice - are eternal
Philip Gourevitch is the author of We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, which won the Guardian First Book Award, 1999, as well as the National Book Critics' Circle Prize for non-fiction and the George Polk Prize in the United States. He lives in Manhattan and is a staff writer on the New Yorker.