Education of a Felon: A Memoir

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St. Martin's Press #ad - The son of an alcoholic stagehand father and a Busby Berkeley chorus girl, Bunker was--at seventeen--the youngest inmate ever in San Quentin. In education of a felon, the reigning champion of prison novelists finally tells his own story. His hard-won experiences on L. A. S meanest streets and in and out of prison gave him the material to write some of the grittiest and most affecting novels of our time.

From smoking a joint in the gas chamber to leaving fingerprints on a knife connected to a serial kiler, from Hollywood's steamy undersde to swimming in the Neptune pool at San Simeon, Bunker delivers a memoir as colorful as any of his novels and as compelling as the life he's lead.

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No Beast So Fierce

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - He spent the next two decades in and out of jail, writing essays for various magazines and working on the novel, which was finally published in 1973.  . After eight years spent locked up, Max has gotten very good at being a prisoner. When max reaches the outside world, he finds that freedom doesn’t make anything easier.

He knows the guards, the inmates, and how to survive. Eighteen months later, the book was used as evidence that he was fit to leave jail. Based on his own experiences in prison, edward Bunker first drafted No Beast So Fierce in the 1950s, while incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison. Rooted in real-life experiences and hailed by quentin tarantino—who cast Bunker in his film Reservoir Dogs—as “the best first person crime novel I have ever read, ” No Beast So Fierce is a gritty and compelling read like no other.

No Beast So Fierce #ad - But the parole board has decided that he has sufficiently reformed, and it’s time for him to say goodbye. An ex-con struggles to adjust to life outside prison walls in “one of the great crime novels of the past 30 years” James Ellroy. He received parole, and spent the rest of his life a free man.

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The Animal Factory: A Novel

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Minotaur Books #ad - It soon becomes clear that some inmates are more equal than others; Earl Copen is one of them, an old-timer who has learned not just to survive but to thrive behind bars. The animal factory goes deep into San Quentin, a world of violence and paranoia, where territory and status are ever-changing and possibly fatal commodities.

But at san quentin, the race wars, no man can steer clear of the Brotherhoods, the relentlessness. Not much can surprise him-but the bond he forms with Ron startles them both; it's a true education of a felon. Ron decker is a newbie, a drug dealer whose shot at a short two-year stint in the can is threatened from inside and outside.

The Animal Factory: A Novel #ad - He's got to keep a spotless record or it's ten to life.

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Dog Eat Dog

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - Troy was born in beverly Hills but raised in the prisons of Southern California. He prepares to fight, ready to sacrifice freedom to maintain his reputation, but a friend comes to his rescue. Armed with two razor blades, Mad Dog takes out Troy’s assailant, allowing his friend to go free. Two days before his parole from reform school, a run-in with a young black tough threatens to derail his release.

Troy does not forget the debt. Years later, mad dog makes a living on penny-ante heists, and Troy—who has grown into one of the smartest hoods in L. A. Is about to finish a stint in San Quentin. The best novel about armed robbery ever written” from the Reservoir Dogs actor and ex-con author of No Beast So Fierce James Ellroy.

Dog Eat Dog #ad - They join up with another old friend, Diesel Carson, and launch a spree vicious enough to put them in jail for the rest of their lives. But these three would rather die than return to prison.

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Little Boy Blue: A Novel

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Bunker writes, "His unique potential would develop into unique destructiveness. ". Raised within the confines of a system that has done nothing but provide him with pain, Alex Hamilton's frustration and anger are completely natural--and inherently dangerous. Since his parents split up, alex has been constantly running from foster homes and institutions, yearning to be with his father, a broken man who cannot give his son the home he desperately needs.

The only constant in alex's life is no-good, criminally-minded peers, who are all too ready to plant illegal ideas in an intelligent mind.

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Stark: A Novel

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Minotaur Books #ad - Written in the late 1960's and discovered after Bunker's death in 2005, Stark is his first and perhaps his most explosive novel ever. 1962. Oceanview, California. If he has to screw over everyone in town, he will. The squares here are ripe for the plucking--easy money for a man with a plan. Ex-con. Edward bunker is one of the acknowledged masters of crime fiction.

Author. The girls are beautiful. Ernie stark is a hophead and a grifter out to make a big score. Actor. Legend. The dope is cheap. The problem is one more misstep will find him locked up for good. Violent, lightening paced and exotic, filed with the most wonderful cast of lowlifes you'll ever meet and dialogue that crackles, this is the lost novel for mystery lovers everywhere and the legion of fans of the legendary Edward Bunker.

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Death Row Breakout: And Other Stories

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - Released less than a year earlier from San Quentin, he’s trying to make a living the only way he knows how: theft. Six stories from the papers of one of America’s finest crime authorsRoger doesn’t mean for the preacher and his wife to die. Sirens are closing in when an old black preacher stops to give him a lift.

And he will die in the gas chamber at San Quentin—unless he can break out first. Roger’s incredible story anchors this collection of short fiction by Edward Bunker, who knew better than anyone what it means to be a criminal, inside and outside of prison. In these stories, which were unpublished at the time of his death in 2005, he shows again the talent that made him such a remarkable writer.

Death Row Breakout: And Other Stories #ad - His latest heist goes perfectly until his car breaks down. The police at the roadblock kill the elderly couple, but in the eyes of the law it’s Roger’s fault.

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You Can't Win: Complete and Unabridged

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Sublime Books #ad - And i am going to write about them as I took them - with a smile. County jails, solitary confinement, Mounted Police barracks, bread and water, city prisons, hanging up, dungeons, brutal floggings, workhouses, and the murderous straitjacket. I rarely saw a woman smile and seldom heard a song. I had very few glasses of wine as I traveled this route.

Arrests, acquittals, convictions, trials, escapes. In those twenty-five years I took all these things, and I am going to write about them. Penitentiaries! I see in the background four of them. My background is crowded with robberies, burglaries, and thefts too numerous to recall. All manner of crimes against property.

You Can't Win: Complete and Unabridged #ad - I see hop joints, wine dumps, thieves' resorts, and beggars' hangouts. Crime followed by swift retribution in one form or another.

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The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison

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Bantam #ad - His cool and concise prose style serves him well. An exceptional work of journalism. Detroit free press   “if you’re going to read any book about prison, The Hot House is the one. Among the “star” players in these pages: carl cletus bowles, the only officer in the penitentiary with the authority to sentence an inmate to “the hole”; and william post, the sexual predator with a talent for murder; Dallas Scott, who put his shoulder against his prison’s grim reality; Thomas Silverstein, a gang member who has spent almost thirty of his forty-two years behind bars; indomitable Warden Robert Matthews, a sociopath confined in “no human contact” status since 1983; “tough cop” guard Eddie Geouge, a bank robber with a criminal record going back to when he was eight years old—and known as the “Catman” for his devoted care of the cats who live inside the prison walls.

. Out of this unique, extraordinary access comes the riveting story of what life is actually like in the oldest maximum-security prison in the country. Praise for the hot house   “Reporting at its very finest. Los angeles times  “the book is a large act of courage, its subject an important one, and.

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Gotti's Boys: The Mafia Crew That Killed for John Gotti

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Citadel Press #ad - They called him the “Teflon Don. But in his short reign as the head of the gambino crime family, and tax evasion to racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, John Gotti wracked up a lifetime of charges from gambling, and five convictions of murder. Surrounding himself with a rogues gallery of contract killers, and enforcers, fixers, he built one of the richest, most powerful crime empires in modern history.

Gotti’s boys is a killer line-up of the crime-hardened mob soldiers who killed at their ruthless leader’s merciless bidding—brought to vivid life by the prize-winning chronicler of the American mob. Meet gotti’s Boys. Destefano takes you inside gotti’s inner circle to reveal the dark hearts and violent deeds of the most remorseless and cold-blooded characters in organized crime.

Gotti's Boys: The Mafia Crew That Killed for John Gotti #ad - . Who were these men? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony M. He didn’t do it alone. Charles carneglia: the ruthless junkyard dog who allegedly disposed of bodies for the mob—by dissolving them in acid then displaying their jewels. Gene gotti: the younger gotti brother who ran a multimillion-dollar drug smuggling ring—enraging his bosses in the Gambino family.

Angelo “quack-quack” ruggiero: the loose-lipped contract killer who was wire-tapped by the FBI—and dared to insult Gotti behind his back. Tony “roach” rampino: the hardcore stoner who looked like a cockroach—and used his gangly arms and horror-mask face to frighten his enemies.

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