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Ghettoside : a true story of murder in America

Author: Jill Leovy
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in Los Angeles every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Leovy
ISBN: 9780385529983 0385529988 9780385529990 0385529996
OCLC Number: 759908708
Description: x, 366 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. The plague : A circle of grief ; A killing ; Ghettoside ; School of catastrophe ; Clearance ; The circumstantial case ; Good people and knuckleheads ; Witnesses and the shadow system ; The notification --
pt. II. The case of Bryant Tennelle : Son of the city ; "It's my son" ; The killing of Dovon Harris ; Nothing worse ; The assignment ; "Everybody know" ; The witness ; Baby man ; Mutual combat ; Witness welfare ; Lost souls ; The victims' side ; The opening ; "We have to pray for peace" ; The missing.
Responsibility: Jill Leovy.

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On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in Los Angeles every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted. Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder -- one young black man slaying another -- and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a new lens into the great subject of murder in America -- why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped.

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