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Fifteen years ago, David Simon was, to quote one of his erstwhile literary subjects, “a T-shirt wearing, wet-behind-his-diamond-studded-ear, notebook-toting journalist of questionable prowess.” But after a year of trailing that subject, Det. Lt. Terry McLarney, and his compatriots on the Baltimore city murder squad, the former Sun reporter’s journalistic acumen would rarely again be in doubt. Their stories became Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, a 1991 nonfiction masterpiece that would be turned into a similarly beloved, if somewhat less nuanced NBC crime procedural. Now, after Simon’s nonjournalistic successes—most notably creating HBO’s The Wire—Homicide is being rereleased, complete with a foreword from Clockers author Richard Price, afterwords from Simon and McLarney, and photos. If you don’t have a dog-eared copy of the original paperback, buy the new edition when Simon discusses and signs copies of his work at 7:30 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike DeBonis)