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HOMICIDE - A YEAR ON THE KILLING STREETS

By David Simon

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| Paperback | 9781847673121

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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. Da Continue

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.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Dal creatore di The Wire, un anno di reportage (un po' romanzato ma sempre veritiero) in compagnia della sezione Omicidi del dipartimento di polizia di Baltimora. Il meglio che si possa leggere sul tema poliziesco.

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    Fedor Dostoevskij said on Jun 8, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Esperaba una obra maestra absoluta, y quizás por éso y mi fanatismo por The Wire este libro ha supuesto una ligera desilusión. Por supuesto rezuma veracidad y tensión en la mayor parte de su curso, e incluso algunos destellos de narrativa pura, pero ...(continue)

    Esperaba una obra maestra absoluta, y quizás por éso y mi fanatismo por The Wire este libro ha supuesto una ligera desilusión. Por supuesto rezuma veracidad y tensión en la mayor parte de su curso, e incluso algunos destellos de narrativa pura, pero bajo mi punto de vista falla en la descripción de los personajes, e incluso en los diálogos, que Simon asegura son pura transcripción, y curiosamente parecen encorsetados, de película de segunda. Grandes destellos, momentos espectaculares, pero muchos bajones de monotonía.

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    Maikrr said on Apr 1, 2011 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Homicide

    Perhaps one of the most accurate and in depth looks into police work I have ever read, this book is not your average police book where it all ends with the click of handcuffs. A good look into the workings of a police investigation.

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    pi3r8 said on Jan 28, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Back in the late 80’s Simon, then a reporter in Baltimore, got the police department to allow him to follow their homicide detectives for a year. What followed was an amazing book on the lives and cases of Baltimore’s homicide cops, as well as an un ...(continue)

    Back in the late 80’s Simon, then a reporter in Baltimore, got the police department to allow him to follow their homicide detectives for a year. What followed was an amazing book on the lives and cases of Baltimore’s homicide cops, as well as an unflinching look at the crimes we visit upon ourselves and others. Simon’s writing is some of the best I’ve encountered, and he leaves off of his narrative threads to consider things like the effects of the Miranda ruling, and the mindset of the impulse killer. This is sad, sobering, powerful, and raw. A phenomenal book.

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    Jason said on May 21, 2009 | Add your feedback

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