Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

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Henry Holt and Company, 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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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Baltimore police were followed for an entire year, resulting in this nonfiction book. The writing is uneven, and not compelling. I found myself skimming. It's 600+ pages long and only about 250 of them captured my attention. Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Question: What happens when a reporter, already on the Baltimore police beat, is allowed to have unlimited access to the city's homicide unit for a full year? Answer: Homicide: a Year on the Killing ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE
1
TWO
59
THREE
133
FOUR
177
FIVE
234
SIX
292
SEVEN
344
EIGHT
400
NINE
459
TEN
540
EPILOGUE
609
AUTHORS NOTE
619
POST MORTEM
623
CASE CLOSED
643
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
647
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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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