David Simon sitting outside wearing an Irish driver cap

David Simon

David Simon’s 1991 book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets derived from the year Simon, a Baltimore Sun reporter, spent covering the homicide department of the city’s police force. The subject matter was adapted for NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Streets, on the air between 1993 and 1999. Simon’s show The Wire, in which the real-life detective Jay Landsman played Lieutenant Dennis Mello, was on HBO for five seasons. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010, the same year that his subsequent HBO series, Treme, premiered. 

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