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Homicide by David Simon
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Nov 11, 2011

really liked it

David Simon's Homicide is a classic - a sprawling, uncompromising work that incorporates a huge amount of digression and detail, but never loses sight of a strong central narrative that doesn't waver. We get the warts and what have you, but we also get a portrait of an inner-city homicide department that rings much too true to be fictional. Many of the individual cases described are grim and depressing in their brutality and excessive cruelty, but at the heart of this story are a group of talented, if entirely human, detectives who fight the good fight day after day with little encouragement and reward. [return][return]Much like his excellent television series The Wire, in Homicide Simon delivers a solid, engaging experience that manages to wallow in the endless problems of our inner cities while refusing to give up on hope entirely - a bold authorial stance leading to a great read.

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