Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

By | December 10, 2019
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Author Jill Leovy
ISBN-10 0385529996
ISBN-13 9780385529990
Year 2015-10-27
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE USA TODAY AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder a relentless detective and the great plague of homicide in AmericaNATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST NAMEDONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Economist The Globe and Mail BookPage Kirkus Reviews On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year His assailant runs down the street jumps into an SUV and vanishes hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes But as soon as the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs the odds shift Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential but mostly ignored American murdera ghettoside killing one young black man slaying anotherand a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs Ghettoside is a fast paced narrative of a devastating crime an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our citiesand how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped Praise for GhettosideA serious and kaleidoscopic achievement JillLeovy is a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain Dwight Garner The New York TimesMasterful gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it Los Angeles TimesMoving and engrossing San Francisco ChroniclePenetrating and heartbreaking Ghettosidepoints out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black mens lives USA TodayFunctions both as a snappy police procedural andmore significantlyas a searing indictment of legal neglect Leovys powerful testimony demands respectful attention The Boston GlobeGritty heart wrenching Everyone needs to read this book Michael Connelly Ghettoside is remarkable a deep anatomy of lawlessness Atul Gawande author of Being Mortal Leovy writes with grace and artistry and controlledbut bone deepoutrage in her new book The most important book about urban violence in a generation The Washington Post Riveting This timely book could not be more important Associated PressLeovys relentless reporting has produced a book packed with valuable hard won insightsand it serves as a crucial 366 page reminder that black lives matter The New York Times Book ReviewA compelling analysis of the factors behind the epidemic of black on black homicide an important book which deserves a wide audience Hari Kunzru The GuardianFrom the Hardcover edition

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