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Hearing Baltimore echoes in HBO's 'True Detective'

Hearing Baltimore echoes in HBO's 'True Detective'

A couple of hard-edged veteran cops are driving down a desolate Louisiana road after investigating a grisly crime scene in HBO’s new Sunday-night drama, “True Detective.”

They have been partners for three months but have spoken little about their personal lives.

“Ask you something?” the older detective (Woody Harrelson) says. “You a Christian, yeah?”

“No,” his partner (Matthew McConaughey) replies, looking out the passenger-side window at the barren landscape.

After a pause and another question, the older man circles back to religion. “So, if you’re not a Christian, what do you...