'The Killing' review: AMC does a cop show differently (and well)


On a lot of cop shows, the Rosie Larsen case would be dispatched in the space of an hour: A 17-year-old girl goes missing, then turns up murdered. Her grieving parents struggle to understand, while the dogged homicide detective chases down leads and sniffs out possible suspects, including (plot twist!) a local politician who has a connection to the dead girl.You can probably fill in the rest: A couple red herrings, blind alleys and breakthroughs later, the perp is led away in handcuffs. Done well, it's a very satisfying form of storytelling. But it's also refreshing to see a different approach to a crime story, and AMC's strong new series "The Killing," which premieres Sunday night (April 3), provides that. Rosie Larsen is the victim in the story, a 17-year-old girl who goes missing in Seattle and whom we later find out has been murdered. Over the course of "The Killing's" first season, you will...



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