Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016
A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.
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.
"A gripping and powerful account of urban homicide investigation in the United States." (Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove)
"Unmissable.... I’m astonished by Jill Leovy’s forthcoming Ghettoside. Police and race in America are examined with forensic skill and furious, exceptional prose. Lucid, revelatory, superbly written, incredibly timely. A book of the year." (Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee)
"Ghettoside is a brilliant taxonomic investigation into the American violence epidemic disguised as a highly entertaining true crime book." (Matt Taibbi, author of The Divide)
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