The Madeleine Brand Show for September 7, 2011

The Wire's George Pelecanos on his new novel, The Cut

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Screenshot of the character Avon Barksdale in The Wire.

George Pelecanos is well known to fans of the HBO series The Wire. He wrote many of the show's most critically acclaimed episodes, including "Hamsterdam." When he's not scripting for television, he's writing crime novels. His 17th and most recent book, The Cut, is about Spero Lucas, an Iraq war veteran living in Washington D.C. He makes a living recovering stolen property, no questions asked - his cut is 40 percent. Author George Pelecanos joins us to talk about how themes of race and the illegal drug trade play into his work.

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