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Acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan follows Russell Poole, a highly decorated LAPD detective who in 1997 was called to investigate a controversial cop-on-cop shooting, eventually to discover that the officer killed was tied to Marion “Suge” Knight’s notorious gangsta rap label, Death Row Records. During his investigation, Poole came to realize that a growing cadre of black officers were allied not only with Death Row, but with the murderous Bloods street gang. And incredibly, Poole began to uncover evidence that at least some of these “gangsta cops” may have been involved in the murders of rap superstars Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. 

Igniting a firestorm of controversy in the music industry and the Los Angeles media, the hardcover publication of LAbyrinth helped to prompt two lawsuits against the LAPD (one brought by the widow and mother of Notorious B.I.G., the other brought by Poole himself) that may finally bring this story completely out of the shadows.

©2002 Randall Sullivan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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The story itself is written very well combined with perfect narration. The plot progresses in a way easy to follow and the narrator handles even the quotes with ease. I will probably listen again soon.

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  • T Spencer
  • 2019-12-25

Racist And Inaccurate Trash

I was excited to get this audio book. I'm a big fan of hip hop and wanted to hear the perspective of an investigator who investigated the death of Notorious BIG. Instead I got a book about how black police officers were too dumb to pass a police exam and only got promoted because of their race. And how white police officers were the victims of false claims of racism. The author also claims white liberals are only critical of police because they don't know how violent black people are. The author returns to this point several times.

He writes extensively about the righteousness and well intentions of white police in Los Angels while never mentioning any of the proven cases of police brutality and race based harrassment by white officers. The only criticism he ever gives law enforcement is on black officers. He specifically singles them out as corrupt.

If you can get past all the offensive racist stuff and make it to the parts where he discusses the investigation of the murders of Biggie and Tupac then you'll see many inaccuracies. Suge Knight was never a drug dealer and didn't claim membership into a gang until he left college. He even misquoted Maxine Waters suggesting she defended his criminal activities, which she never did.

If you want to learn more about the murders of two of hip hop's biggest stars Biggie and Tupac, this is not the book for you. I suggest you try one of the other accounts. This book is full of racist nonsense about black men like me. If officers see me in the way this author and the investigator he followed surely does, I can see why they suspect every black male is a criminal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-05

Comprehensive decoding of mob mentality across societies

Back then people went on a journey, exploring. Nowadays people go on holiday. This account has the best of both. The character building cannot falter, and each brings extra complexities and ramifications which magnify the entire map from bottom up. To think that many of these characters are reveered show people on the other side of the pond that rolling the dice on life, and winning big or ultimately loosing one’s life is what the end sums to mind.

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  • Scott Newberg
  • 2021-01-08

A must read

If you are interested in crime and conspiracy this is the book for you. It’s a shame that the corruption ran so wild.

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  • Ahmir
  • 2019-07-28

Great book!

Very detailed. So much corruption going in LA Police Department. With all these clues, and the crime has yet to be solved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-13

You’re nobody till somebody

Solves this. Rest In Peace big and pac. Murder Rap is better and more accurate

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  • Hamainda Bbela
  • 2019-11-01

Masterpiece

Great work if journalistic analysis of how race, hip hop and policy came together to not only shape LA in the 90s but also kill two young black men at the prime of their talents