What does it take to stop gun violence in a neghiborhood? Levoy makes what sounds like an odd argument. Although the police are part of the problem, they are also part of the solution. Through her tireless reportage we learn that despite fraught community-police relations, there are detectives who understand that to prevent crime one must work with and not against the community.
— From Sam
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 NAMEDONE 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 . . . JillLeovy 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 . . .Ghettosidepoints 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
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jill Leovy is an award-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. From the Hardcover edition.