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Ghettoside Audiobook

Ghettoside

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The best crime journalism since Serial" (Esquire)

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    Chris Doms United States 18/07/2016
    Chris Doms United States 18/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A somewhat interesting story"
    What did you like best about Ghettoside? What did you like least?

    The main story itself was interesting, though in my view the author misses the point. She lionises these officers, as if their valiant efforts to track down a black killer were particularly valliant in the face of an otherwise apathetic force. But the truth is that the only reason this killing got the attention it did was because the victim was a cop's son. The police force in most palces in the USA still treat blacks like dirt.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very meh. The story had well and truly petered out by the end.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was fine, no big complaints. She's extremely caucasian though, and it's kind of weird listening to someone so straight laced discussing the ghetto.


    Did Ghettoside inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lesley
    9/08/15
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    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.

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