One of the hottest tickets of the 2009 Book Festival, we were thrilled the creator and writer of HBO's universally acclaimed TV series The Wire, took time out to come to Edinburgh for the Book Festival. David Simon first posed the question 'Are America's inner cities unpoliceable?' eighteen years ago in his award-winning Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Now re-issued, the gripping, gut-churning account of his twelve month stint on the streets with the Baltimore police is factual storytelling to rival Mailer and Capote. An utterly fascinating event.