Those folk at Tower Records have an extra special offering this week from David Simon - creator of one of the most heralded and unique crime dramas on television - The Wire.

David Simon's new DVD release - Generation Kill is a gritty seven-part mini series chronicling the befuddling first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines' First Recon Battalion. Generation Kill's viewpoint remains firmly fixed on the ground level; the show uses its large cast and broad canvas to show war in all its chaos, allowing viewers the chance to take what they can from steeping themselves in the black humour and confused terror of the experience (priced €49.99).

The David Simon book - Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets - provides a sympathetic but unromantic portrait of crime fighting in a major American city at the height of the late 1980s crime epidemic. The book is notable for the detailed look it gives into the professional lives of police detectives and the mix of quirky, absurd, and sometimes tragic cases they investigated (priced €15.99).

The book, DVD and complete Wire series (from €39.99) are available to buy from Tower Records stores or on Tower Record's new digital Store at

(Mike Sheridan is away)