*** Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

Written by a Los Angeles Times journalist, Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America follows the investigation of the murder of a young black man in South Central L.A., and along the way tells the story of this violent neighborhood where people live in dire poverty, and under the constant threat of gangs. The best part of the book was, for me, the very personal descriptions of the detectives who work there (one of whom is the father of the victim, but the book focuses on the detectives who investigate the crime) and the description of the police system as a whole, which seems to be in the way of the better detectives rather than helping them.

The writing is clunky at times but the subject matter and the way the writer approaches it make for a warm recommendation to read the book.


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