Why would you kill your neighbour? Based on the best part of a decade embedded with the homicide units of the LAPD, this groundbreaking work of reportage takes us onto the streets, inside the homes, and into the lives of a community wracked by a homicide epidemic.
Through the gripping story of one particular murder of an 18-year-old boy named Bryant Tennelle, gunned down one evening in spring for no apparent reason, and of its investigation by a brilliant, ferociously driven detective - a blond surfer turned cop named John Skaggs - it reveals the true origins of such violence, explodes the myths surrounding policing and race and shows that the only way to reverse the cycle of violence is with justice.
©2014 Jill Leovoy (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks
"The best crime journalism since Serial" (Esquire)
Excellent, necessary and thought provoking analysis of an often neglected and misunderstood issue within American society. Leovy's writing is clear, compassionate and does a solid job of conveying the gravity and, far too common, hopelessness involved in the day to day work of murder police working in South LA. Perhaps most important is her clearly sincere intent to engage fully, and on a personal level, to the human suffering of those affected by the murder epidemic which has been the principal focus of the last tens years of her career.
This is an excellent narrative and, despite living a million miles away from the scenes of violence and desperation she describes, one which had me fully engaging with the suffering of those most vulnerable within contemporary American society.
The performance by Lowman is similarly flawless; at no point did I feel that I was listening to someone reading the words of another. Her narration is filled with a calm authority and realism which just adds to an already excellent narrative.
I'll be listening to this book again soon. It's gripping, heart wrenching and illuminating ... and very much worth listening to. It reminds me of the books homicide: a year on the killing streets, and behind the beautiful forevers, and just as good as them both. There's not much praise greater than that!
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