A True Story of Murder in America
Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 27, 2015
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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.
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