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The crime-infested intersection of West Fayette and Monroe Streets is well-known--and cautiously avoided--by most of Baltimore. But this notorious corner's 24-hour open-air drug market provides the economic fuel for a dying neighborhood. David Simon, an award-winning author and crime reporter, and Edward Burns, a 20-year veteran of the urban drug war, tell the chilling story of this desolate crossroad.

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 country and unflinchingly assess why law enforcement policies, moral crusades, and the welfare system have accomplished so little. This extraordinary book is a crucial look at the price of the drug culture and the poignant scenes of hope, caring, and love that astonishingly rise in the midst of a place America has abandoned.

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A look into a world I don't know
March 5th, 2015
I have watched The Wire all the way through a few times, I've read Homicide, this was all that remained of David Simon's Baltimore work. This one definitely hits the hardest. This is like The Wire if almost every character was Bubbles. Reading it, you can see where a lot of The Wire came from and several sayings and events that were first here are again explored there. The book is more than a companion to that show however, it definitely stands on its own. Coming from a small town in Oklahoma, West Baltimore is almost a foreign country to me. Having the chance to read this has given me a chance to see what life looks like for people who would be just as shocked to see how I grew up. It is a good read for anyone who was fascinated by The Wire, or just wants to see the havoc the drug epidemic and our government's response to it has wrought on inner-cities.
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