Homicide

A Year on the Killing Streets

David Simon

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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.

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Chapter One 
Tuesday, January 19
 
Pulling one hand from the warmth of a pocket, Jay Landsman squats down to grab the dead man’s chin, pushing the head to one side until the wound becomes visible as a small, ovate hole, oozing red and white.
 
“Here’s your problem,” he said. “He’s got a slow leak.”
 
“A leak?” says Pellegrini, picking up on it.
 
“A slow one.”
 
“You can fix those.”
 
“Sure you can,” Landsman agrees. “They got these home repair kits now . . .”
 
“Like with tires.

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“Simon does an extraordinary job of getting under the skin and into the minds of the police officers.”—The New York Times Book Review

“We seem to have an insatiable appetite for police stories . . . David Simon’s entry is far and away the best, the most readable, reliable and relentless of them all.”
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David Simon

David Simon’s Homicide won an Edgar Award and became the basis for the NBC award-winning drama. Simon’s second book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, co-authored with Edward Burns, was made into an HBO miniseries. Simon is currently the executive producer and writer for HBO’s Peabody Award–winning series The Wire. He lives in Baltimore.

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Homicide
A Year on the Killing Streets
David Simon

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429900959
ISBN10: 1429900954
672 pages
$9.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
August 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805080759
ISBN10: 0805080759
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 672 pages, Includes eight pages of photographs
$22.00
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