Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

bookshelves: summer-2015, published-2014, radio-4, nonfiction, true-grime

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from May 29 to June 05, 2015

Description: Bryant Tennelle was eighteen years old when we was gunned down one spring evening in his neighbourhood in LA , one of many black Americans senselessly murdered that year. Ghettoside is the gripping story of the murder and of its investigation by John Skaggs, a brilliant, ferociously driven detective – a blond, surfer-turned-cop who is determined to track down the killers.

The award-winning reporter Jill Leovy was embedded with the LAPD for almost a decade and in Ghettoside she takes us on to the streets, inside the homes and into the community (which includes the notorious Watts neighbourhood) wracked by homicide. Here Leovy explores the tragic facts behind the disproportionately high murder rates of young black men.

1. A Murder
2. Grief
3. A Breakthrough
4. A Witness
5. A Trial


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