Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
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 po...more
“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
I was born in the mostly-white suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. I lived across the street from a park, where people ice-skated in winter and played little league during the summer. If a co...more
"You gotta let him play....This is America.”
David Simon's now-classic work of police and crime journalism gave birth to two of the finest shows ever to appear on TV: Homicide: Life on the Streets, and The Wire. Both shows are full of episodes and lines that you will recognize if you read this book, particularly the search for the killer of a young girl named Adena Watson, based on the real-life case of Latonya Wallace.
Aside from anecdotes reappearing on great TV shows, though, this book is just...more
That attractive notion that evil acts, although a disruption in orderly and peaceful lives, are meaningful - the product of an evil will keeps us watching crime stories on TV and reading detection st...more
Let's face it. A good many of us are here because of The Wire, often touted as one of the Best Shows On Television. This is because, (not as a cynic might say, due to a lack of competition), but for what are often categorized as Literary Characteristics - a documentary style, dynamic characters, prolonged character arcs, and a gritty realism. One most distinct positive is the setting...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
David Simon was on the scene 10 minutes after the call, when Detective Tom Pellegrini, a rookie, took on the vicious rape and murder of 11 year old Latonya Wallace. Pellegrini worked on...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
Taking in the year 1988, the then novice Simon was seconded from the Baltimore Sun to shadow the homicide detectives from Gary D'Addario's shift as they went about their daily work. Simon quickly blended in to the background, an...more
For a detective or street police, the only real satisfaction is the work itself; when a cop spends more and more time getting aggravated with the details, he’s finished. The attitude of co-workers, the indifference of superiors, the poor quality of the equipment—all of it pales if you still love the job; all of it matters if you don’t....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
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
wer würde denn ahnen, dass die arbeitswelten der mordeinheit in baltimore in einem jahr der späten 80er des 20. jahrhunderts die grundlage bildet für eine betrachtung des lebens und sterbens in einer großstadt an sich, mit all seinen facetten und schrecklichkei...more
As a piece of journalism, it's incredible. There aren't many reporters who could get this kind of access to a bunch of miserable homicide cops (Simon seems to have spent every waking moment with them for a year), but there's even fewer, who, having bonded with the detectives, could burn so many of them so badly in print. There's a lot of potentially career-ending stuff in there, and I'd...more
Here is the opening of Chapter 7.
Summertime and the li...more
For one year, reporter David Simon submerged into the homicide detective unit of the Baltimore Police Department. Simon is invisible throughout the narrative. There are no judgments or subjective opinions; he plays it as objective as possible and the end result is an enthralling work about the detectives and the cases they worked over 1988. Simon addresses the politic...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
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