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Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets Paperback – 4 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; 1st edition (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847673120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847673121
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A masterpiece . . . [Simon] has exceptional literary gifts of eye and ear. Few novelists have written so well about the corrosiveness of the modern American city." (Martin Amis)

"A hard-nosed classic of modern crime reportage." (GQ)

"The true genius of [his] work is its scope . . . Homicide moves beyond individual victims to tell the stories of those touched by their deaths. By staring deep into the eyes of the departed, Simon reveals the mysteries of the living." (Sunday Times)

"The real delight is the discovery of Simon's perfect ear for dialogue; his masterful construction and pacing; and his empathy for his occasionally brutal but nevertheless inspirational subjects." (Observer)

"This brilliant book . . . [is] desolate, sharp, poetic and passionate . . . Simon alternates between black humour and moments of bleakness, and the restlessness of the violence that lies underneath it all." (Financial Times)

"A staggering work that is almost impossible to put down . . . a gripping depiction of America's culture of violence . . . Simon conjures up his subjects' individual personalities in three-dimensional detail. The detectives leap off these pages . . . A raw, revelatory and utterly real account of life and death in Baltimore." (Metro)

"A remarkable psychological and personal picture of 18 men labouring under immense pressure in traumatic circumstances . . . it is not just a majestic piece of reporting, it demonstrates Simon's instinctive ability to identify how the political and psychological interact . . . It reads like a thriller as he takes you through the desperate world of inner city West and East Baltimore, slaying by slaying." (Daily Telegraph)

"Homicide is as intense a work of observation as you're likely ever to find, studded with Simon's caustic, wry and suspicious personality, as well as the ability to portray people as they truly are, usually a complicated shade of gray." (Herald)

"Brushes away the accretions of myth to reveal the banality of crime . . . it's a sober, unsurprised account of the desperately sad lives of people who commit most crimes and a quiet testimonial to the people who clear up the mess." (Word Magazine)

"David Simon has single handedly raised the bar for writing about crime, crime-fighting and the messy and imprecise business of justice to new and nearly unreachable levels. Like the WIRE, which was easily the finest dramatic series in the history of television, a work of tremendous ambition which made everything in the genre to follow irrelevent." (Tony Bourdain)

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A true crime classic from the creator of THE WIRE

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