No wonder The Wire has a distinct authentic feel to it’s plot, environment and personalities. The Wire’s creator David Simon was a famous crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun in the 80s and 90s. His book “A Year on the Killing Streets” was also the inspiration for the series Homicide: Life on the Street (which I am yet to watch), which is also set in Baltimore.
Simon’s been Emmy nominated for the Wire, and also won one for co-writing the mini series “The Corner”.
I lift my hat for you mr. Simon