By David Simon,

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From the creator of HBO's The Wire, the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television show

The scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the center of this hurricane of crime is the city's…

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Baltimore Sun crime reporter David Simon practically lived with the Baltimore City police to produce Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

I love the writing, which is clean but descriptive. In the thirty years since it came out, this book has often been imitated but is still without rival. He wasn’t reporting stories I’d heard before (good guys chasing bad guys), and the social forces that the book explored (individual and institutional) were palpably real and never drawn in one dimension.

The contents inspired decades of television, from network TV’s Homicide: Life on the Street to The Wire…

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In 1979, Margo Wilson and I were granted access, for research purposes, to police files in Detroit, then the "homicide capital of America." Reading those files, and watching the over-worked homicide detectives in action, we gained great respect for the smart officers who were promoted from the ranks to detective, and I've been fascinated with how they pursue their craft ever since. No one has described this world and what it reveals about everyday lethal violence in America better than reporter David Simon, who was embedded as an "intern" in Baltimore's homicide unit for a year. The hit television series…

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