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Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets | David Simon
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. Amazon.com Review 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." From Publishers Weekly 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. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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DGRachel
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I finished two of the three books I wanted to finish this weekend. I won‘t get the other one done because Mom ordered this glorious box set. I loved this show when it first aired and I love the book. #bingewatching #allthehomicide #booktoscreen #baltimore

Melwilk I think that is one of the best shows ever on TV 1mo
Mollyanna My absolute favorite tv show ever! I may need to binge it soon. Enjoy your binge. 1mo
CatLass007 One of the best TV shows of all time! 1mo
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CoffeeK8 I loved this series so much! 1mo
Bookzombie Such a good series! 1mo
Mitch Brilliant TV - loved Pembleton in the box! 1mo
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davidhasalife
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This is America

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Susanita
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1. Homicide: Life in the Street. I still miss that show.
2. Spend time with friends and family, “Kondo” the kitchen, finish three books.
3. Mystery
4. Feeding the cat
5. Binoculars
#humpdaypost

wanderinglynn Your cat doesn‘t argue with you? That must be nice. 😹 8mo
Susanita @wanderinglynn Saturday and Sunday he can be quite insistent. 8mo
Emiller I absolutely loved Homicide!! I have the first season on dvd 8mo
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Mitch ❤️ Homicide. I re watched a few episodes recently though and it felt soooo old! 8mo
Samplergal Loved homicide too! David Simon is the schizz. I follow him on Twitter. Even his writing there is brilliant! 😂 8mo
GlassAsDiamonds Cat. Me too. 😂😂😂😂😂😂 All these cat-less people asleep at 6am! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 8mo
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pygmywarrior
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This was an extremely difficult and boring book. I started reading it months ago and it's taken me this long to finish. Do not recommend.

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Finally reading the book that was the basis for one of my favorite Tv shows of all time. I‘ve been binging the show again after all these years , and it‘s just as amazing as I remembered it was. 💙

DGRachel I loved both the book and the show. Do you own the DVDs or is it available to stream somewhere. 13mo
Velvetsun @DGRachel I had to buy the DVD set because it‘s not steaming anywhere. Definitely worth the price, though. 13mo
DGRachel I‘ve been on the fence because I saw reviews that the recordings weren‘t in order, but I think I could live with that just to be able to watch the show again. So good. 13mo
Velvetsun @DGRachel I got the complete set from Amazon. So far the only questionable thing is that the Law and Order crossover eps are on a separate disc. But, there is another set that doesn‘t even have the L&O episodes or the movie, so no complaints here. 13mo
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Susanita
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#HumpDayPost
1. Post a picture of your favorite show. I loved Homicide: Life on the Street and still miss it.
2. Favorite comfort meal is plain pasta with a little butter, cheese, and basil.
3. Noooo. I‘m not done with my holiday shopping.
4. What are my weekend plans? Um, shopping! Also going to a Christmas concert with a friend.
5. It looks like all of our snow from Saturday has melted.

Bookzombie Such a good show! 2y
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DGRachel
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I know this isn't book related, but sweet Jesus. What is going on in my city??? 😭😭

Alfoster Seriously! Praying for everyone there! 2y
Megabooks You're in Charlotte? I'm in York Co. SC. And yes, WTF?!? 2y
Erinreadsthebooks @DGRachel We're neighbors! I'm in Mooresville. 2y
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Librarianaut That's crazy!!!!! 2y
Librarianaut I'm in Oak Ridge (right outside of Greensboro) 2y
Rachbb3 Scary stuff. 😦 2y
DGRachel @Booksandcooks @Erinstutts @Librarianaut Howdy neighbors!! We should plan a Litsy meet up! 2y
Librarianaut That would be fun! What do you suggest? 2y
Debiw781 Oh yikes!! 2y
Megabooks Yes! Meet up! 2y
Erinreadsthebooks I'm in! 😃 2y
DGRachel @Booksandcooks @Librarianaut @erinstutts We have a really nice indie bookstore with restaurants nearby and there's a B&N in the Carolina Place Mall. Would you be interested in meeting for lunch and browsing either of those stores? I can do a Litsy Meet Up post if that sounds good to you? (edited) 2y
Erinreadsthebooks @DGRachel I think lunch and browsing sounds excellent! 2y
Megabooks Yes definitely! 2y
DGRachel @Erinstutts @Booksandcooks @Librarianaut Awesome! I'll do a meet up post tomorrow. I feel like I kind of spammed people's feeds today going a little post crazy. 😂😂 2y
Librarianaut 😎 2y
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DGRachel
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Supposedly, #deadmentellnotales, but to the skilled detectives in Homicide, everything from the crime scene, including the bodies of the victims, tells a story. I loved the TV series based off this book, and I loved this book even more.

#pirateslife #whatawaytolive

CrowCAH A neat take on the crime dramas! 2y
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manifestsanity
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No more appropriate a book about Baltimore than David Simon's 1991 true crime account. The year this book was published there were 353 murders. Last year, 25 years later, there were 344. Here's to progress. #setinmycity #readjanuary

EricaCurtis11 Damn it, I was going to use this one! 3y
britt_brooke 😳 3y
DGRachel I loved this book. Terrible subject matter, but so well written. 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 it is a damn great book. 3y
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DGRachel
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I love police procedurals, both fiction and nonfiction. This book was wonderful, as was the TV show based on it. I highly recommend both. The book won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime in 1992. #awardwinning #booktober

Suzze Laura Lippman's husband! 3y
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Skyler
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This is the first book that came to mind when I saw today's theme. David Simon (who later went on to create Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire) embedded within a Baltimore homicide detective unit for a year to write this book. Great writing, heartbreaking stories--honestly could not put this one down.

#couldntputitdown #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept

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JackieSmith
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Sundays are for reading! First up: blogs & the Sunday NYTimes; then I'll get into the books. I'm trying to balance Homicide with something lighter. Staying inside today as it's supposed to reach 105'.