Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - True Crime - 672 pages
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From the creator of HBO's The Wire, the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television show



The scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the center of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide unit, a small brotherhood of hard men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world.


David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and this electrifying book tells the true story of a year on the violent streets of an American city. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator; Harry Edgerton, a black detective in a mostly white unit; and Tom Pellegrini, an earnest rookie who takes on the year's most difficult case, the brutal rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl.


Originally published fifteen years ago, Homicide became the basis for the acclaimed television show of the same name. This new edition--which includes a new introduction, an afterword, and photographs--revives this classic, riveting tale about the men who work on the dark side of the American experience.

  

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As Richard Price says in his new introduction, Simon "camped out" with the Baltimore PD�s homicide unit for a year while researching this no-punches-pulled look at murders and the cops who solve them. The 1985 title was the basis of the award-winning NBC drama of the same name. Read full review

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The city of Baltimore saw 234 murders in 1988. Allowed unlimited access to a shift of the city's homicide unit, police reporter Simon chronicles that year. The sociopaths, the crackheads, and their ... Read full review

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Contents

ANTE MORTEM
THE PLAYERS
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
EIGHT
NINE
TEN
EPILOGUE
AUTHORS NOTE
POST MORTEM
CASE CLOSED
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About the author (2007)

David Simon's Homicide won an Edgar Award and became the basis for the NBC award-winning drama. Simon's second book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, co-authored with Edward Burns, was made into an HBO miniseries. Simon is currently the executive producer and writer for HBO's Peabody Award-winning series The Wire. He lives in Baltimore.

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