Classic Books: Homicide

homicideJust a very quick addition to this series because I really don’t think I can do it justice. I don’t think even quoting from Homicide would do it justice.

Twentysomething reporter David Simon spent a year with the Baltimore homicide unit and this book is the phenomenal result. Written in literary vernacular rather than objective journalese, it’s one of the most powerful reading experiences you’ll ever have. It’s the best police novel written, perhaps even the best crime novel. It brings to mind William Faulkner’s line that ‘the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism – and the best journalists have always known this.’

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One Response to “Classic Books: Homicide”

  1. Classic Books: Money « Max Dunbar Says:

    […] of Amis’s recurring obsessions – in The Information he quotes from David Simon’s Homicide: ‘Work out the how, which will give you the who. But fuck the […]

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