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By David Simon

The crime-infested intersection of West Fayette and Monroe Streets is well-known--and carefully avoided--by so much of Baltimore. yet this infamous corner's 24-hour open-air drug marketplace offers the industrial gas for a loss of life local. David Simon, an award-winning writer and crime reporter, and Edward Burns, a 20-year veteran of the city drug struggle, inform the chilling tale of this desolate crossroad. during the eyes of 1 damaged family--two drug-addicted adults and their clever, weak 15-year-old son, DeAndre McCollough--Simon and Burns study the sinister realities of internal towns around the nation and unflinchingly investigate why legislations enforcement rules, ethical crusades, and the welfare method have comprehensive so little. This notable booklet is a vital examine the cost of the drug tradition and the poignant scenes of desire, being concerned, and love that astonishingly upward push in the middle of a spot the USA has deserted.

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Six police jump out of two unmarked Chevrolets and shove two men to the sidewalk right below Gary’s window. ” asks Tony from the doorway. “Shsshhhh,” Gary hisses. ” Gary shakes his head. ” Bob Brown is the predominant constabulary scourge of every doper in the Franklin Square neighborhood—fiends in this part of town invoke the name as something distinct from the rest of the Baltimore Police Department. ” Gary shakes his head. Not Mr. Brown, not this time. “Knockers,” he whispers. ” Tony steps softly toward the edge of the other window and looks down at the encounter.

DeAndre stayed here for a while, and Gary did, too, using this place as a hideaway during his heroin binges. That summer, father and son would sometimes pass each other in these empty halls, both of them unable to manage any real connection. DeAndre was furious at his father’s descent, yet refused to part with any emotion. And Gary, though filled with real pride to see his firstborn becoming a manchild, could never risk words. Too much shame lurking there. Too much history. Gary walks across the bedroom toward the front windows, trying to wrap his mind around some better thought.

Undressing them in the street, telling them they can’t be out here, then driving off to do the same to someone else. “Like they did to me last year,” says Gary. “Knocked out my teeth over a corn chip. ” Gary shakes his head slowly, but without any real sense of indignation. The shit just happens out here nowadays; it doesn’t have to make sense. Out here, any fiend can tell you, the rule of thumb is that the less sense something makes, the more people run to it. The dealers, the touts, the users, the knockers—all of them are out here every day and every night, pretending to play this game like it can be won or lost, like the game has rules even.

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