“Murder often doesn’t unsettle a man. In Baltimore, it usually doesn’t even ruin his day”
The bestselling true crime classic from the creator of The Wire, is now a canon
‘A masterpiece’ MARTIN AMIS
‘The best book about homicide detectives by an American writer’ NORMAN MAILER
Based on a year on the killing streets of Baltimore, David Simon’s true crime masterpiece reveals a city few will ever experience. Day in day out citizens are shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the centre of this hurricane of crime is the city’s homicide unit, a small brotherhood of men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world.
“A masterpiece … Simon has exceptional literary gifts of eye and ear. Few novelists have written so well about the corrosiveness of the modern American city”
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“David Simon has single-handedly raised the bar for writing about crime, crime-fighting and the messy and imprecise business of justice to new and nearly unreachable levels … a work of tremendous ambition which made everything in the genre to follow irrelevant”
“A hard-nosed classic”
“An extraordinary book”
David Simon is an author, journalist, producer and script writer and is best known as the creator of HBO’s Peabody Award-winning series The Wire. His first book, the international bestseller Homicide, won the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award and became the basis for the NBC award-winning drama. His second book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of An Inner-City Neighbourhood, co-authored with Edward Burns, was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries. Simon also co-created the HBO series Generation Kill with Ed Burns, and Treme with Eric Overmyer. He lives in Baltimore.