Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
“The Wire” is over. “The Wire,” which salvaged so many depressing Sunday nights. “The Wire,” which was the only reason we subscribed to HBO. “The Wire,” one of the few television dramas where I’ve repeatedly found myself thinking of all the characters and their situations as real.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the same way. Fictional or not, Omar got obituaries in publications across the country when his character died a few weeks...more
The murder scenes are described in every gory, grisly detail imaginable. Several cases we follow through the course of th ebook, most notably the murder of a grade school girl found in an empty lot near her home.
Simon does a...more
I re-read this because I am going to teach it this fall. In a book about how homicides are investigated, Simon looks at race, class, politics, police, residents, drugs, sexism, racism, and any another ism. There is plently in this book to chew over.
I finally read this. I loved the NBC series based on this book. Honestly, if you are debating reading this book, read it. Simon is fair, and his writing is compelling. You get a real sense of people he writes about as well a...more
While this book is twenty-five years old, it is such a raw window into the disconnect between what you see on most police shows and...more
The Wire has killed off the quizzical eccentric detective, or the empathetic officer out for justice. In their place are the Bunk Morelands of this world, standing in a vacant lot looking down...more
There are long stretches where this book is amazing - fully realized scenarios painted in captivating prose - but there were other times when clawing through it felt like work. Part of it is just the scope of the book makes having a consistent tone h...more
Title: Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Description: I loved the TV show that was based on this book, so I was happy to get the book. Simon decided to take a full year and follow the Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide unit. The characters in the show were given different names than those in the book, but the book does match them up.
Writing style: Simon is really detailed—the book runs to almost 700 pages long. Many of the features of the show are here:...more
‘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. T...more
David Simon writes with Stockholm Syndrome. (That would be the rude way to put it.) Which is to say, he writes for his subjects, doing his utmost to show their perspective through his reportage.
In this case - spending every day of 1988 with Baltimore PD's homicide unit - that means that, though Simon never fudges the facts of what defense attorneys would call coercion, the book's voice is firmly pro-cop: We are the good guys. And muc...more
Years before becoming the producer of The Wire,David Simon was a Baltimore Sun reporter who took a year's leave of absence to cover the homicide detectives of the Baltimore City Police. He covered the unit, focusing on one shift, for the calender year 1988. The big case of the year, never solved, was the murder and probable rape of Latonya Wallace, a young (11 or 12) African-American girl. There were roughly 250 murders in Baltimore in 1988. Charges were filed against defendants in about 70% of...more
If that first paragraph didn't clue you in, this is one of my favorite books ever. In the newsgroup alt.tv.homicide we just referred to it as The Bo...more
i'm guilty of watching tv . being a big fan of _Homicide : Life on the Street_ ; _The Wire_ ; _The Corner_ ; _Treme_ . i've loved watching the shows and enjoyed the characters of David Simon for a a while now . there are no excuses for why it took me so long to get and then read this book . lock me up and throw away the key , just leave the book to help guide me .
narrative nonfiction . i could get into this stuff .
many of the tropes from da...more
Writers like drama. Perhaps a little too much. Okay. Let me rephrase that. WAY too much. We feel the need to tell a story about every damned little t...more
I've only given it three stars, even though I really enjoyed it, because I don't think that I would...more
I picked up this book because of the HBO show, The Wire, whose first s...more
In this book David Simon chronicles the events of a Baltimore homicide detective squad during the year 1988. The book begins on Jan 1 and ends on Dec 31. In between there are 234 murders....more
Though the language and subject matter of this book a...more
David Simon had unprecedented access to the Baltimore Homicide Department and followed them around for all of 1988, to then spend the next two years twisting that experience into this book. And this book has it all: rape, murder, courtroom drama, corrupt politicians, conspiracy, investigation, inte...more
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