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David Simon was the first investigative journalist to gain unlimited access to a homicide department and in this book brings us a fascinating and insighful piece of true crime writing. His success as producer and writer of the immensely popular television programme The Wire is obviously due to the first hand knowledge he has had following the cops, the criminals, the addicts and the families caught up in a war that seems to be impossible to bring to an end. Totally gripping stuff.

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Synopsis

Homicide by David Simon

The scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the cente of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide unit, a small brotherhood of men confronted by the darkest of American visions. David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and his remarkable book is both a compelling account of casework and an investigation into our culture of violence. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator nearing the end of his career; Harry Edgerton, an iconoclastic 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.

Reviews

'Homicide flows with the episodic drive of the best fiction, but Simon is too good a reporter to miss the real stories. ... Simon's genius is that through his cops he tells the victims' story. The picture is overpowering. ... Homicide is a 'non-fiction' to rank with Mailer's Executioner's Song or Capote's In Cold Blood, dissecting an entire failed city, and shining a light on the shadows haunting an entire country.' Michael Carson, Spectator

'An amazing piece of dramatic reportage...the access Simon enjoyed is incredible and he records everything he sees with vivid brilliance. He doesn't miss a thing and his descriptive prose brings to extraordinary life every rank squadroom, street corner and murder scene he is scrupulous witness to.' Allan Jones, Uncut

'A masterpiece...[Simon] has exceptional literary gifts of eye and ear. Few novelists have written so well about the corrosiveness of the modern American city.' Martin Amis

'The world of urban violence has never been so well portrayed, nor has the day-to-day craft of the detective.' Chicago Tribune

About the Author

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

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2009

Author

David Simon

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

The Real World
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781847673121

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