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Homicide by David Simon
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May 04, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, mystery
Read in May, 2012

I'm famous (er, famous among my friends anyway) for making the only slightly hyperbolic claim that David Simon's HBO series The Wire is the greatest achievement of Western Civilization. It's not surprising then that I loved Simon's book chronicling the year he spent as a reporter embedded with the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide squad in 1988. Several characters and more than a few anecdotes here will be familiar to fans of The Wire. More importantly, the entire set bears traces of the Dickensian aspect (or is it the Simonian aspect?) that gave The Wire its poignancy and resonance. Homicide is less about the cases Simon bears witness to and more about the men he comes to know and love, men who confront America's worst on a daily basis. It's the story of their successes and failures, large and small, and the strategies that allow them to maintain their humanity in the face of the inhuman.
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Samuel Love your reviews...

Douglas Samuel wrote: "Love your reviews..."

Aw, shucks. I feel like I just sort of rattled this one off, but it is a good read. Have you seen The Wire?

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