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Six stories from the papers of one of America’s finest crime authors

Roger doesn’t mean for the preacher and his wife to die. Released less than a year earlier from San Quentin, he’s trying to make a living the only way he knows how: theft. His latest heist goes perfectly until his car breaks down. Sirens are closing in when an old black preacher stops to give him a lift. The police at the roadblock kill the elderly couple, but in the eyes of the law it’s Roger’s fault. 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 In these stories, which were unpublished at the time of his death in 2005, he shows again the talent that made him such a remarkable writer.

ABOUT Edward Bunker

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Edward Bunker (1933–2005) spent many years in prison before he found success as a novelist. Born in Los Angeles, he accumulated enough terms in juvenile hall that he was finally jailed, becoming at seventeen the youngest-ever inmate at San Quentin State Prison. He began writing during that period, inspired by his fellow inmate, the famous death-row author Caryl Chessman. Bunker was still in jail when his first book, No Beast So Fierece, was published in 1973. 

    Paroled eighteen months later, Bunker gave up crime permanently and spent the rest of his life writing novels, many of which drew on his experiences in prison. He also appeared in films; his best-known role was Mr. Blue, one of the bank robbers in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.