Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods

A Novel

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Notorious Alonzo Crane had been dubbed "The Motion Picture Bank Robber" by the press because he modeled a bank robbery after a Steve McQueen movie he'd seen...except that he got caught. The authorities offered Crane a deal if he'd roll over on his accomplices but he refused -- and got twenty-five years to life.

Ten years into his sentence, Crane is offered a chance to leave prison when a corrupt warden, in league with a prison gang, gives him a secret assignment. If Crane can pull it off, his prison record will be wiped clean. Now all he has to do is enlist the help of former cellmate Duffy, a small-time hustler with big-time ideas, and Trixie, Duffy's gorgeous girlfriend with a cocaine habit and a nose for trouble. And if Crane can successfully mimic the plot of an action film he's seen, this time he might stand a chance....
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743268875 | 
  • January 2006
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Chapter One

Ten years later...

It all started after dinner for the third-tier cons. He'd settled in the rec room to watch Training Day starring Denzel Washington. There were mostly blacks and a few Mexicans in the audience. The film didn't appeal to many white cons. Talbot Needham, a big, burly white guard with flat feet, premature gray hair, and rotten teeth tapped Crane on the shoulder with his baton just as the lights dimmed, motioned with his finger for him to follow.

"Warden wants to see you, Crane," he said when they were on the ramp. He motioned for Crane to hold out his hand and right foot.

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