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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (2015)

por Jill Leovy

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Law. Sociology. True Crime. Nonfiction. HTML: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 America

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST  NAMED ONE 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 Ghettoside

A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement . . . [Jill Leovy 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 Times

Masterful . . . gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it.Los Angeles Times

Moving and engrossing.San Francisco Chronicle

Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . Ghettoside points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black mens lives.USA Today

Functions both as a snappy police procedural andmore significantlyas a searing indictment of legal neglect . . . Leovys powerful testimony demands respectful attention.The Boston Globe.
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This was one of the most affecting books I have read in a while. Two cops trying to make the streets of south LA safer for everybody. One cop pays a very high price. If I didn't know I was reading non-fiction I could swear I was reading Dickens so clear and uncompromising this painting of the underbelly of a city. The stifling courtroom. The painfully slow wheels of justice and the chaos of the hot streets at night. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced

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  WRXtacy | Jun 22, 2023 |
A wrenching look at the pervasive homicide suffered in black neighborhoods LA. Fair and sympathetic, and amazingly dry-eyed considering all the fear and misery involved. Very well-written and researched with extensive footnotes. Goes back and forth between individual people, depicted with great humanity, and overall statistics and trends.
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  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
Seek to understand. So which is it? Too many black males in prison for murder or not enough? This author claims the answer to black on black violent crime is to value every life to the point that every murder is investigated and prosecuted. In the short term, this seems like it would put more black men in prison.
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  RandomWally | Jun 6, 2022 |
Another challenging and necessary perspective, complementing New Jim Crow. The thesis -- that more genuine, successful, committed prosecution of homicides would reduce homicide rates through serious, civil, active valuation of black lives -- develops in stats subservient to lived experiences. Very helpful history and current, personal stories. ( )
  rinila | Feb 25, 2022 |
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Law. Sociology. True Crime. Nonfiction. HTML: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 America

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST  NAMED ONE 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 Ghettoside

A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement . . . [Jill Leovy 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 Times

Masterful . . . gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it.Los Angeles Times

Moving and engrossing.San Francisco Chronicle

Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . Ghettoside points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black mens lives.USA Today

Functions both as a snappy police procedural andmore significantlyas a searing indictment of legal neglect . . . Leovys powerful testimony demands respectful attention.The Boston Globe.

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