Book Review: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

Looking for your next read? Check out Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Eugene H.

Ghettoside is an astonishing combination of investigative reporting and true crime by journalist and nonfiction writer Jill Leovy. She takes an intensive look at the investigation of murder and what it takes to overcome the often-insurmountable hurdles obstructing a police department’s ability to successfully investigate and prosecute a murder case in south Los Angeles. The victim’s family members, friends and associates must all be consulted and accounted for. The murder weapon and the circumstances surrounding the murder must be dissected thoroughly. The investigating detective must be extremely dedicated and disciplined. Witnesses or any individuals that can provide testimony or evidence pertaining to the crime must be willing to testify. Many of these ingredients that make for a successful investigation and subsequent prosecution are often missing in south Los Angeles. She explains why that is and she illustrates the efforts one detective must take to overcome these hurdles. Ghettoside is a great read if you like true crime and/or books about contemporary urban America.

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