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This 1992 Edgar Award winner for best fact crime is nothing short of a classic. David Simon, a police reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent the year 1988 with three homicide squads, accompanying them through all the grim and grisly moments of their work--from first telephone call to final piece of paperwork. The picture that emerges through a masterful accumulation of details is that homicide detectives are a rare breed who seem to thrive on coffee, cigarettes, and persistence, through an endlessly exhausting parade of murder scenes. As the Washington Post writes, "We seem to have an insatiable appetite for police stories.... David Simon's entry is far and away the best, the most readable, the most reliable and relentless of them all.... An eye for the scenes of slaughter and pursuit and an ear for the cadences of cop talk, both business and banter, lend Simon's account the fascination that truth often has." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Baltimore Sun reporter Simon spent a year tracking the homicide unit of his city's police, following the officers from crime scenes to interrogations to hospital emergency rooms. With empathy, psychological nuance, racy verbatim dialogue and razor-sharp prose, he offers a rare insider's look at the detective's tension-wracked world. Presiding over a score of sleuths is commander Gary D'Addario, "connoisseur of survival" who grapples with political intrigue, massive red tape and "red balls" (major, difficult cases). His detectives include Tom Pelligrini, obsessed with solving the rape-murder of an 11-year-old girl; Rich Garvey, whose "perfect year" is upset by a murder case that collapses in court; and black, cosmopolitan Harry Edgerton, a lone wolf, son of a jazz pianist. This hectic daily log reveals the detective's beat on Baltimore's mean streets (234 murders in 1988) to be brutal, bureaucratic and, occasionally, mundane.
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David Simon writes pretty better than pretty much anybody. If he wrote an annotated phone book, I'd buy that, too.Published 18 months ago by Alex Carey
I have watched ever show associated with this book, Homicide Life on the Streets, The Wire and The Corner. All so damn fantastic. How could i not love the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2013 by Donna Robertson-Balzer
Hard to follow and understand what the author is talking about. David Simon is all over the place with the story, not what I expected.Published on May 28 2011 by Zeus
After watching (alas) the complete television episodes, venturing the book was an experiene on its own. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2008 by Paul H Aube
I first became interested in this book through the television show, but what an absolute gem to find: funny, in-depth and provides a close look at the human element behind police... Read morePublished on May 18 2008 by W. Patrick Bradley
If you like the show you will love the book! It follows Baltimore detectives as they solve crimes and what they go through in their daily lives.Published on Aug. 16 2004 by Travis Jackson
This book is brilliant. As a would-be journalist, I would say "life-altering". Not only is the subject matter compelling, the style is sweet enough to make Ann Rule cry... Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by E. Jahneke
If you are interested at all in the criminal justice, police, CSI, law enforcement, or legal fields...you MUST read this book!!! Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Brandon Ching
This is an excellent book and should be required reading for all Americans!Published on May 22 2003 by Mark Coons