Ghettoside - Jill Leovy


By Jill Leovy

  • Release Date: 2015-01-27
  • Genre: True Crime
Ghettoside book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 81 Ratings)

Ghettoside Jill Leovy Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, USA TODAY, AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe  The Economist • The Globe and Mail  BookPage  Kirkus Reviews

On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

But as soon as the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shift.

Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.

Praise for Ghettoside

“A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement . . . [Jill Leovy is] a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Masterful . . . gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it.”Los Angeles Times

“Moving and engrossing.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . Ghettoside points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black men’s lives.”USA Today

“Functions both as a snappy police procedural and—more significantly—as a searing indictment of legal neglect . . . Leovy’s powerful testimony demands respectful attention.”The Boston Globe

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  • Ghettoside

    By MSarge56
    Very good book. At times meanders a bit, which may be the author's style. I teach high school in a high crime high poverty area and this book gives insight into what some of my kids lives are likely to be like. And it makes me wonder as the months and years go by after a student is gunned down and the case goes un solved if she may have a very very valid point.
  • Fantastic Book

    By ReleaseNYC
    I couldn't put this book down. I read it in one day. The research for this book was intensive and really takes the reader right into these murder investigations. It touched me in the same way the TV Series "The Wire" did. I definitely recommend it!
  • Ghettoside

    By bonnyjoyd
    Superbly researched and written. This nonfiction work reads like a well written police procedural, except it's true. Asks a lot of questions in the issues it raises, but, sadly, not many answers. Perhaps there simply aren't any. Highly recommended.
  • A 5-Star Read

    By osavage
    Ghettoside is a great book. It is a sad story, well told, of the great personal and societal cost of the murder of Black men in America. It should be required reading for police department and prosecutors across the country.

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