Through reading “Who Killed Donna Gentile,” I discovered a whole new world of police, prostitutes and private investigators.
Larry Avrech systematically wove a detailed, convincing case exonerating him from his police colleagues’ accusation of murdering prostitute Donna Gentile. The author endured the great emotional stress of being fired, poor, abused by colleagues, and strained by divisive family relationships. Nevertheless, he coolly used his keen skills of observation and analysis to prove his innocence in part by connecting seemingly unimportant details. Each piece of the puzzle is explained clearly in a detective thriller style until the author tracks down the killer. I enjoyed getting an insider’s view of how the San Diego Police Department works along with detailed knowledge about the relationship between the police and prostitutes.
It was also fascinating to read how the author solved challenging cases as a private detective. For example, he described in detail how he located a daughter’s father that had been missing for 28 years. Detective Avrech tracked him down in just half an hour.