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  • LAbyrinth

  • The True Story of City of Lies, the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. and the Implication of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • By: Randall Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Music
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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excellent

timeline is a bit off for those who don't know the story but other than that it's one of the best books. very in depth

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Amazing story

Detective Russell Poole is a hero for exposing the corruption of the LAPD and their failure to properly investigate and prosecute those involved in the deaths of Tupac and Biggie out of fear of what it would actually reveal and who it would implicate. The conduct by the LAPD and the senior brass in derailing Detective Poole’s investigation was appalling. The sheer level of corruption revealed by Detective Poole’s investigation is mind-blowing. RIP Russell Poole.

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  • T Spencer
  • 25-12-2019

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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  • trueblue
  • 12-08-2021

A stark and unflinching look

A stark and unflinching look at the consequences of diversity and political correctness at all costs...

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  • Mel
  • 04-07-2021

Wow

Eye opening for sure! Well written and definitely provided insight into several intertwined events. And I'm excited, I just discovered there is a follow-up book by the same author.... Because this book totally left me wanting to know more!

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  • Jack R.
  • 05-09-2021

Very well researched!!!

This book goes into sooooo much of the background surrounding these two cases and the dirty cops that were involved whether directly or indirectly and how corrupt our justice system really is specially at the time in Los Angeles in the 1990s and probably still to this day the narrator did a very good job in that’s why I would have to read this book with all 5stars definitely a must read!!!!

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  • David S.
  • 25-03-2021

Interesting take

I found the book interesting. I work in law enforcement and I heard through my career that LAPD did not do proper background checks on its employees. I also heard Barnard Parks was not liked by the officers of the department. His rules hurt the department and it’s officers. I can see Parks covering things up to protect the department. It was a different version of events I have heard. A good look at the LAPD at the time.
I don’t believe any cops were involved in the Biggies murder. I do believe there are people who know what went down and they are afraid to come forward because Suge Knight will have them killed. I believe he has that kind of reach.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-2021

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
  • 08-01-2021

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
  • 28-07-2019

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
  • 13-09-2018

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
  • 01-11-2019

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

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  • CHIGOZIE
  • 26-09-2018

Not impressed old information & racist undertones

Old information along with some racist undertones. I found myself getting annoyed with this book as it tries to paint the white officers at LAPD as good and the black ones as bad. The reality is the whole institution is rotten!! This is the same LAPD that Mark Furhman came from - A self confessed violent racist!! Russell didn’t go after him or even mention him. I’d like to give this book no stars.

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