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October 30 2017

The Deuce Season Finale, 1.08: “My Name Is Ruby” Episode Review

Take what comes. But show no ambition. Sandra learns that corruption and power are perpetual motion machines. Her source won’t go on the record. He’s taken a deal of his own and...
October 23 2017

The Deuce 1.07: “Au Reservoir” Episode Review

Well, I am a degenerate. I can be a nitpicky viewer, and last time I pointed out the lack of heroin in The Deuce’s fairy tale of New York. And what do you know? We get an overdose this...
October 16 2017

The Deuce 1.06: “Why Me?” Episode Review

After last week’s emotional high point, you have to expect a low, and this is an enjoyable coast toward the inevitable. We learn the why behind the “No Go Zone” of Times Square....
October 9 2017

The Deuce 1.05: “What Kind of Bad?” Episode Review

She was an American Girl, raised on promises… We see a lot of promises broken this episode, ones made to others and to themselves. Maggie Gyllenhaal breaks our hearts as Elaine runs...
October 2 2017

The Deuce 1.04: “I See Money” Episode Review

The last shot of the wonderful opening credits sequence always makes me gag; that barefoot splashing into a filthy Times Square puddle. Walking in sandals in New York City is still a gamble, and...
September 25 2017

The Deuce 1.03: “The Principle Is All” Episode Review

They found the smoke! Abby needs a job. She’s following the want-ads, and the office she interviews at is full of old white men and looks hazier than a dirty fish tank. But I’m getting...
September 18 2017

The Deuce 1.02: “Show and Prove” Episode Review

“There’s not enough smoke.” That’s one criticism I overheard about The Deuce, HBO’s 8-episode series set on 42nd Street in the ‘70s. Everyone lights up, but...
September 7 2017

Back in the New York Groove with The Deuce

As nostalgic as I am for the '70s and ‘80s Times Square, I’m glad that George Pelecanos and David Simon’s new show The Deuce wastes no time getting the first mugging out of...
August 14 2017

Watch the Trailer for HBO’s The Deuce

With only two episodes left of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, people are starting to wonder what their next Sunday night show will be. Well, don’t change the channel because HBO is bringing...
August 17 2015

Show Me a Hero: Parts 1 and 2

“Show me a hero, and I’ll give you a tragedy.” The Wire changed television and remains one of the greatest stories about life in an American city ever created. So, no pressure,...
February 12 2015

Fresh Meat: The Whites by Harry Brandt aka Richard Price

The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt) is about a NYPD detective nearing retirement as he falls under siege by an unsolved murder, his own dark past, and a violent stalker (available...
February 4 2015

Play Dates for The Wire: David Simon, Richard Price, and a Riot

Know what it's like to get sloppy on piña coladas with David Simon of The Wire? Let Richard Price tell you all about it... If you're thirsty for more, here are clips on singular...
December 12 2012

Opposites Attract: Why We Love Both Castle and The Wire

I was looking at my collection (yes, I do this a lot) and I was wondering. How can I have on the same shelf genres such as hard-boiled, gritty, literary, noir, literary noir, police procedurals,...
May 2 2011

The Wire: An English Cop’s Perspective

That’s the job.  Shit rolls downhill.  Cops live in the valley. During my 30 years as a West Yorkshire police officer, those truisms remained steadfastly true.  Crime priorities...