Whap! Startled, I awoke to a stinging, wet slap to my left arm. Slap! What is this torture? Another two blows in rapid succession caused a body spasm, my defensive reflexes too slow to protect myself. I’m alive?
Knowing what is to come, I found reading the pre-war Holland section difficult. Since this is the true story of a very real man's life, the usual detachment I have as a reader was stripped and I cringed at the tales of Hank's boyhood adventures. If only his life could have continued to be full of pranks and mooning over airplanes.
A series of analytical autobiographies, written by criminals assisted by academics with the aim of exploring the roots of crime in the modern urban/suburban environment, and adding to the conversation of a better world. A hardcore analysis of modern underground life. Entertaining and well referenced. Academically stimulating and painfully detailed. Gritty and smart. Seductive and terrifying.