The Wire: Truth Be Told

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Canongate Books, Oct 1, 2009 - Performing Arts - 592 pages
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THE WIRE is one of the most critically acclaimed drama series in the history of television. It portrays the war of attrition between Baltimore's hardened police force and its drug dealers, and the blurring of good and evil, justice and injustice, and right and wrong that happens every day as men and women struggle against the insitutions they are bound up in. Over its five series it has built up a detailed, rich and layered portrait of Baltimore: from its corner boys touting dope and its dock workers facing extinction, through the strained education system and tainted halls of power, to the crumbling media establishment. Rafael Alvarez - a reporter, essayist and staff writer for the show - brings the reader inside this world, detailing many of the real-life incidents and personalities that inspired the show's storylines and characters. Packed with photographs and featuring an introduction by the show's creator and executive producer David Simon, as well as essays by acclaimed authors George Pelecanos and Laura Lippman, THE WIRE: TRUTH BE TOLD covers all five series in glorious detail.

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I also have some gripes with the writing. - Goodreads
Not enough insights into the show. - Goodreads
Just bad writing Mr Alvarez. - Goodreads
A lot of the writing is pretty lazy. - Goodreads

Review: The Wire: Truth Be Told

User Review  - Brian Wadman - Goodreads

An episode to episode guide of the TV series along with inside info about what makes the show great. Producer, David Simon, is a bit self-congratulatory in his introduction letter (which he had sent ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shu Lindsey - Goodreads

"We are bored with good and evil. We renounce the theme. With the exceptions of saints and sociopaths, few in this world are anything but a confused and corrupted combination of personal motivations ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Rafael Alvarez is a novelist based in his native Baltimore. He learned to write on the city desk of the BALTIMORE SUN. He is the author of ORLO AND LEINI MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN and occasionally works as a laborer on ships crewed by the Seafarers International Union. He has been a writer on all of THE WIRE's five seasons.

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