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Category Archives: Theft

Bobby Quarry in the Bookstore

I feel good this morning after putting on my burgundy workout clothes and running a few miles, like when I was a pro, and now I’m going to be interviewed by George Thomas Clark who wrote “Jerry Quarry from Boxer’s Heaven,” an article I enjoyed about my late brother, the top ranked heavyweight contender years […]

Also posted in Bobby Quarry, Books, Boxing, Death in the Ring, Dementia Pugilistica, George Thomas Clark, Jerry Quarry, Joe Frazier, Methamphetamine, Mike Quarry, Muhammad Ali, Prisons, Stein Steinbeck, Stephen King

The Sweater

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Clothes, Crime, Romance, Teenagers

Gypsies in Madrid

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Cocaine, Drugs, English, George Thomas Clark, Gypsies, Heroin, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Marijuana, Poverty, Racism, Spain

Money in the Bank

There aren’t any good jobs in L.A., and I’m sick of work anyway. I don’t even want to sell drugs anymore. I’ve got a better plan. Two friends and I are going to knock off a bank in Bakersfield. It would be too tough in L.A. In Bakersfield we’re dealing with hicks. I figure we […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Banks, Crime, Los Angeles

The Derringer

“I’m sorry to say, Mr. Jones, that we can’t hire you.” “Why? I’m an excellent candidate. Look at my history of selling heavy equipment. Have you checked my references and letters of recommendation?” “We have, but those factors have been overridden by a problem.” “What problem?” “You lied to us.” “I did not.” “According to […]

Also posted in Crime, Guns, Markets, Toys

Jail for Juvenile Felons

There’s a pretty picture on the postcard: San Francisco Bay provides a serene, blue backdrop for a hill with a group of shining buildings on it. The writing on the other side acknowledges the setting’s superficial beauty but offers a warning: San Quentin prison may look good on a postcard but is not a nice […]

Also posted in Crime, Juvenile Crime, Murder, Prisons, Rape, Sacramento, San Quentin

Senior Scams

Don’t think thieves have no conscience. Some of us feel quite guilty, even before capture. Thankfully, I think I’ve outgrown my unacceptable tendencies; serving two stints in prison and turning seventy make a man mellow and empathetic. Today I’m just one of about fifty aging residents of Paradise Homes who’ve gathered in the community center […]

Also posted in Aging, Crime, Poetry - GTC

Bag in Stall

In a crowded holiday airport he long waited for a stall and was thanking god when, fast as he blinked, a hand reached under the door and yanked his bag.

Also posted in Airports, Crime, Short Pieces - GTC, Travel

Rare Books

last week there were fifty books the teacher said now there are forty-five

Also posted in Books, Education, Poetry - GTC