• Homicide

  • A Year on the Killing Streets
  • By: David Simon
  • Narrated by: Reed Diamond
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
  • 4.2 (583 ratings)

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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.
©1997 David Simon; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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By Larry on 01-10-04

As real as it gets

Starkly shows life inside a police homicide unit. Brings a realization of how cheap life is to many people in our society. Great read for anyone wanting to know the inside story of the workings of a police department.

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By Christina on 09-20-03

Spoils you for other mysteries

This book, and the show based on it, are such an unbeliveably realistic, complex, clever, and engaging way of telling a 'mystery story' that I can no longer enjoy pat mysteries where the killer reveals all at the end. This is a phenomenal book, and read superbly by the narrator.

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By John on 09-25-11

short changed

the first part of this audiobook does not work. I've told audible and they haven't responded. It didn't work on my PC, it didn't work on my iPod and it didn't work on my iPad. after the usual audible description at the start, it skips to your next audiobook. the other parts worked fine, production seemed professional and well read, but I had no idea what was going on really as the first part didn't work. Please sort it out because I really wanted this book.

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3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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By Przemyslaw on 10-15-17

Memories of Homicide - Life on the Street

Where The Wire and Homicide came from. Great listen to intriguing cop tales from Baltimore's streets.

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By Valmai on 04-19-15

Not for the faint hearted

A compelling insight into the ugliest side of humanity. At times disturbing at times amusing. Well worth the listen.

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