77th Street Requiem

77th Street Requiem

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Investigative filmmaker-turned-sleuth Maggie MacGowen embarks on a film project about the unsolved murder of a Los Angeles policeman, putting her life--and that of her boyfriend, a friend of the officer--in extreme danger. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Maggie MacGowen excels at cinema verite and at spotting life's truths, with or without her video camera. Now independent filmmaker Maggie, having landed a contract for a network documentary, deliberately insinuates herself in a dangerous place - the 77th Street precinct of Los Angeles, a war zone of gangs, junkies, and deadbeats - to investigate a cop killing twenty years old.
In the early 1970s Roy Frady was a bad-boy cop and a helluva nice guy. One of the 77th Street station's Four Horsemen - or "Four Whoresmen," some called them - he joined his buddies in daily battles against ordinary street crime and the elite radical groups of those politically unstable times. On May 10, 1974, he was killed. The house where his body was found is said to be haunted - and it sits just a few blocks from the hideout where the SLA was holding their famous captive, Patty Hearst. Frady's murder still remains an open case, never solved, never forgotten.
One angle to Frady's story that Maggie can't resist is that a lot of people wanted him dead. Another is that Maggie's lover, Mike Flint, is Frady's former partner. Since the network likes her pitch of a story jumping with sex, jealousy, violence, and a link with the Hearst kidnapping, Maggie is soon out in the neighborhood with her camera crew, turning over rocks and looking at what crawls out from underneath. She doesn't realize what she finds is still deadly enough to spread its poison into her own relationships, set off a tragic rash of new killings, and shatter her beliefs - or her life.

Publisher: New York Dutton/Penguin Books 1995
ISBN: 9780525939986
Characteristics: 273p
Alternative Title: Seventy-seventh Street requiem


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