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

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

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9781847673176



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No anti-heroic criminal organisation here, just dealers who don't need to be very smart to make money quickly, and with nothing else to do soon because users themselves. This is much more about users, and the people on the edges of their lives - parents, kids, and neighbours. Haven't seen the TV series based on this book, but it's not surprising that it wasn't such a hit because this is a grimmer story.

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I felt this account of the Drug War on the Corners of Baltimore was akin to Grossman's 'Life and Fate.'The monologues and direct opinions of the authors were the best thing about the book and made them worth while reading all by themselves.

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