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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “First-rate stuff.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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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