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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Leovy Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780449009727
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, USA TODAY, AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe  The Economist • The Globe and Mail  BookPage  Kirkus Reviews


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.

Praise for Ghettoside

“A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement . . . [Jill Leovy is] a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Masterful . . . gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it.”Los Angeles Times

“Moving and engrossing.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . Ghettoside points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black men’s lives.”USA Today

“Functions both as a snappy police procedural and—more significantly—as a searing indictment of legal neglect . . . Leovy’s powerful testimony demands respectful attention.”The Boston Globe

“Gritty, heart-wrenching . . . Everyone needs to read this book.”—Michael Connelly

Ghettoside is remarkable: a deep anatomy of lawlessness.”—Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

“[Leovy writes] with grace and artistry, and controlled—but bone-deep—outrage in her new book. . . . The most important book about urban violence in a generation.”The Washington Post

“Riveting . . . This timely book could not be more important.”—Associated Press

“Leovy’s relentless reporting has produced a book packed with valuable, hard-won insights—and it serves as a crucial, 366-page reminder that ‘black lives matter.’ ”The New York Times Book Review

“A compelling analysis of the factors behind the epidemic of black-on-black homicide . . . an important book, which deserves a wide audience.”—Hari Kunzru, The Guardian


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Quotes & Awards

  • A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement . . . [Jill Leovy is] a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain. Dwight Garner, The New York Times
     
  • Masterful . . . gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it. Los Angeles Times
  • Moving and engrossing. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . Ghettoside points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black men’s lives. USA Today
     
  • 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
     
  • A thoroughly engrossing true-life policier full of vivid and sympathetic characters, but also the bravest book about race and crime I’ve ever read. Dan Baum, author of Nine Lives
     
  • What an amazing book—a totally gripping piece of reporting. Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking
     
  • Absorbing . . . Readers may come for Leovy’s detective story; they will stay for her lucid social critique. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Functions both as a snappy police procedural and—more significantly—as a searing indictment of legal neglect . . . Leovy’s powerful testimony demands respectful attention. The Boston Globe
     
  • Ghettoside is fantastic. It does what the best narrative nonfiction does: It transcends its subject by taking one person’s journey and making it all our journeys. That’s what makes this not just a gritty, heart-wrenching, and telling book, but an important one. From the patrol cop to the president, everyone needs to read this book. Michael Connelly
  • Ghettoside is remarkable: a deep anatomy of lawlessness. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal
  • [Leovy writes] with grace and artistry, and controlled—but bone-deep—outrage in her new book. . . . Ghettoside, if there’s any justice, will be the most important book about urban violence in a generation. David M. Kennedy, The Washington Post
  • Riveting . . . This timely book could not be more important. Associated Press
  • “First-rate stuff.”

    Newsweek

  • A gripping and powerful account of urban homicide investigation in the United States. Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Devil in the Grove
     
  • Told with the chilling detail and gripping pace of a prime-time drama. The Economist
  • Leovy’s relentless reporting has produced a book packed with valuable, hard-won insights—and it serves as a crucial, 366-page reminder that ‘black lives matter.’ The New York Times Book Review
     
  • A compelling analysis of the factors behind the epidemic of black-on-black homicide, and the beginnings of a policy prescription for tackling it . . . an important book, which deserves a wide audience. Hari Kunzru, The Guardian
     
  • Ghettoside has many successes: its complicated portrait of the LAPD, the humanity it lends to the families of murder victims, and its ability to engage readers from a historical and current-day context (the sundry facts Leovy provides throughout the book never overwhelm). Jason Parham, Gawker
  • A brave book . . . It is not often that I pick up a work of non-fiction and picture the movie unfolding before my eyes. . . . [Ghettoside] offers a calm dissection of America’s oldest epidemic. . . . [Leovy’s] knowledge makes for lapidary prose that crackles with insight. It is also deeply humane. Financial Times
     
  • First-rate stuff. Newsweek
  • Jill Leovy writes with exceptional sharpness and tautness, and her pages glow and glitter with the found poetry of the street. This book will take an honored place on the shelf that includes David Simon’s classic Homicide and Michelle Alexander’s explosive study of mass incarceration, The New Jim Crow. Martin Amis
     
  • “Penetrating and heartbreaking…Ghettoside points out how relatively little America has cared even as recently as the last decade about the value of young black men’s lives.”

    USA Today

  • “Told with the chilling detail and gripping pace of a prime-time drama.”

    Economist

  • “A serious and kaleidoscopic achievement…[Jill Leovy is] a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain.”

    New York Times

  • “Masterful…gritty reporting that matches the police work behind it.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Moving and engrossing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Functions both as a snappy police procedural and—more significantly—as a searing indictment of legal neglect…Leovy’s powerful testimony demands respectful attention.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Absorbing…Readers may come for Leovy’s detective story; they will stay for her lucid social critique.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An unsettling view of the plague of black homicides in the US, focusing on Los Angeles County…This work of narrative nonfiction provides stunningly up-close details.”

    Booklist

  • “A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Rebecca Lowman takes a low-key approach, and it works perfectly; this audiobook is so dramatic and sad that it doesn’t need any amping up…Lowman convincingly renders the decency and drive of Skaggs…The litany of death is depressing, but there’s some comfort in learning that there are heroes on the side of angels. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Debut Authors
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner for Nonfiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration
  • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • A Boston Globe Book of the Year
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2015
  • An Economist Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books Selection
  • A 2015 USA Today Best Book
  • A Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2015
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About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.