Homicide by David Simon
A Year on the Killing Streets

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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.

 

About David Simon

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David Simon is the author of the bestselling Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, which won an Edgar Award and inspired Barry Levinson's Emmy Award-winning television program of the same name. A freelance writer based in Baltimore, he is also a writer and producer for Homicide and received the 1994 Writer's Guild for America Award for outstanding script in an episodic television drama. A teacher in the Baltimore public school system, Edward Burns retired after serving twenty years in the city police department. For much of that time, he worked as a detective in the homicide unit.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Holt Paperbacks. 673 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel. Non-fiction

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Baltimore, Simon tells us, is now ``virtually equal'' to Washington ``on the national murder hit parade....'' During the book we follow three or four of the more blisteringly intense investigations that dominate the department's attention while other bloody, lead- filled, knifed, or strangled bod...

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Barry Levinson made a television series of it, although the tone and tenor of the book - and certain of its setpiece scenes - are closer to Simon's own later cop series, The Wire.

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The Guardian

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Baltimore Detective Donald Worden was heading home one afternoon when he passed a clean-cut sailor walking with an unkempt man near a downtown bus station.

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Entertainment Weekly

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991) Reporter David Simon spent a year tagging along with 18 detectives as they investigated about half of Baltimore's 234 murders.

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Entertainment Weekly

But from the blood on the street to the repartee in the squad room, from autopsy etiquette to office politics, Simon gives us the homicide cop's beat — monstrous, draining, bleakly fascinating — as it's never been seen before.

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Scotsman.com

He's not just showing us one red ball case – Latonya Wallace's killer is actually never found – but how cases like hers overlap and overshadow the other sort on a veritable production-line of death investigation.

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National Review Online

The show’s creator, David Simon, was a crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun from 1983 to 1995, during which time he wrote Homicide, a Year on the Killing Streets, still one of the best books I’ve read on policing the inner city.

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Book Geeks

Of all the genres of book that I am sniffy about, justifiably or otherwise, true crime has to be right at the top of the list – as someone who reads books to escape, either in to the past, the future or to alternate realities, I have a hard time thinking of anything that I would like less than he...

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nj.com

Though it has some roots in previous TV shows -- most specifically NBC's "Homicide," which was based on Simon's non-fiction book (and which Simon himself wrote for in its later years) -- for the most part, "The Wire" took a very different approach to narrative from any series in American history,...

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