SOCIAL SCIENCES

Dead Wrong: The Continuing Story of City of Lies, Corruption and Cover-Up in the Notorious B.I.G. Murder Investigation

Atlantic Monthly. May 2019. 320p. ISBN 9780802129321. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802147004. CRIME
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Journalist Sullivan (Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson) continues his research into the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher George Latore Wallace, that began with his controversial Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. This comprehensive follow-up delves into the last 16 years of the investigation and the Wallace estate's wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. Sullivan thoroughly details a case fraught with tension, complexity, and many key figures (a helpful roster and documents list are included). Various elements, including police corruption within the LAPD and the media's role in controlling the narrative of the case, are skillfully interwoven, making the intricacies accessible to readers unfamiliar with the details of the case. While Sullivan maintains the tone of a journalist, he also approaches the story with empathy. The book frequently highlights the ongoing impact of these events on Notorious B.I.G.'s family and others close to the investigation still searching for justice. Readers intrigued by the role of the LAPD may also enjoy Joe Domanick's Blue: The Ruin and Redemption of the LAPD.
VERDICT Intensive, engaging investigative journalism recommended for fans of true crime and pop culture.

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