• by David Simon
  • Narrated by Reed Diamond
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 tears on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book. By persuading the Baltimore Police Department to allow him unlimited access to the city's homicide unit for a full year, Simon shadowed one shift of detectives as they traveled from interrogations to autopsies, from crime scenes to hospital emergency rooms.Baltimore recorded 234 murders during that year, and the homicide unit investigated dozens of those murders. Homicide, a harrowing, sometimes brutal, and always fascinating look at the dozens of murders investigated by these detectives, is the book that sparked the critically acclaimed television series.


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It's abridged!

I didn't realize it was abridged. Ok... my bad, but it was a bummer to realize that I have to buy it all over again to get the missing parts.

The reader is good, but the generic "creepy" music that's piped in at the ends of the chapters is laughable. I think David Simon would scoff at that shiz.

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- Chris

Better than the show

This book was a joy to listen to. Simon's writing goes far beyond the critically acclaimed television show, and highlights what it could have been. Diamond's narration is flawless. This is the best of the true crime genre I've come across. I laughed out loud and recoiled in horror at different points. This is a fascinating look inside the world of Baltimore homicide detectives.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio