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Homicide: The Graphic Novel, Part One

David Simon; illustrated by Philippe Squarzoni

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ISBN10: 1250624622
ISBN13: 9781250624628


320 Pages



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In 1988, journalist David Simon was given unprecedented access to the Baltimore Police Department’s homicide unit. Over the next twelve months, he shadowed detectives as they took on a slew of killings in a city where killings were common. Only the most heinous cases stood out–chief amongst them, the rape and murder of eleven-year-old Latonya Wallace.

Simon’s Homicide became the basis for the acclaimed television show Homicide: Life on the Streets and inspired HBO’s The Wire. Now, this true-crime classic is reimagined as a gritty two-part graphic novel series.

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David Simon; illustrated by Philippe Squarzoni

Philippe Squarzoni spent most of his childhood in Ardèche and the island of Réunion, France. He has traveled internationally to participate in several humanitarian and anti-war campaigns. The author of many political graphic novels, his work includes Garduno, en temps de paix, Zapata, en temps de guerre, Dol, Un après-midi un peu couvert, and Saison brune, which received the Jury Prize at the Festival de Lyon and the Prix Léon de Rosen from the Académie française for its contribution to environmental awareness. Saison brune was later published in English as Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science.

David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author, and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series The Wire, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television credits include the NBC drama Homicide and HBO’s The Corner, Generation Kill, Treme, Show Me a Hero, The Deuce, and The Plot Against America. The author of the narrative nonfiction books Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, Simon is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.

Krestine Havemann
Photo credit: Olivier Roller