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Three friends from reform school embark on a bloody rampage

Troy was born in Beverly Hills but raised in the prisons of Southern California. Two days before his parole from reform school, a run-in with a young black tough threatens to derail his release. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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