The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood

The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood

by David Simon (Author), EdwardBurns (Author)


The notorious corner of West Fayette and Monroe Streets in Baltimore is a 24-hour open-air drug market that provides the economic fuel for a dying neighbourhood. Through the eyes of one broken family - two drug-addicted adults and their smart, vulnerable 15-year-old son, DeAndre McCollough - Simon and Burns examine the sinister realities of inner cities across the USA and unflinchingly assess why law enforcement policies, moral crusades and the welfare system have accomplished so little.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 576
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Published: 04 Mar 2010

ISBN 10: 184767318X
ISBN 13: 9781847673183

Media Reviews
A staggering depiction of broken urban hearts of America . . . This is reportage of the highest order * * Irish Times * *
If The Wire has given you Baltimore fever, read this chunky, streetwise, drug-littered piece of reportage by the hard-hitting show's creators * * The Times * *
An amazingly clear-sighted yet sympathetic portrait of the American underclass * * Daily Telegraph * *
As thrilling and intense as any psycho-drama . . . this engrossing slice of social journalism is a tour de force that manages to humanise its subjects without exploiting them * * Big Issue * *
A profoundly moving and intelligent piece of social history * * Time Out * *
A brutal critique of America's failed war on drugs, the equality of Simon and Burns's insights matched by a hardboiled lyricism. This is journalism as art * * Sunday Herald * *
Author Bio
David Simon's Homicide won the Edgar and Anthony awards and became the basis for the NBC award-winning drama. Simon's 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 is currently an executive producer and writer for HBO's Peabody Award-winning series THE WIRE. He lives in Baltimore. A teacher in the Baltimore public school system, Edward Burns retired after serving twenty years in the city police department. For much of that time, he worked as a detective in the homicide unit.