Leaving Disneyland by Alexander Parsons
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Doc Kane is sixteen years into a twenty-year murder sentence. Days away from a parole hearing, he means to get out and start a new life as a Square John-a law-abiding citizen. Within the predatory confines of Tyburn Penitentiary, however, he has debts to pay. To start, Doc has his duties as a "heavy" in the D.C. Blacks, a gang that has protected him. Then there is his new cellmate, a young dealer doing life without parole whose ignorance of the prison's code threatens them both. Finally, there are the guards: Sergeant Grippe, who is bent on "rehabilitating" Doc, and Raven, whose intentions are veiled but no less menacing.

Beyond these dangers, Doc faces a deeper dilemma, one embodied by Dead Earl, a thumbless junkie and reminder of a past Doc would deny. The experience of sixteen years surviving in a violent prison has shaped Doc as profoundly as a river does its course. And if character is fate, Doc's chances for a life on the straight-and-narrow are slim unless he can reshape himself. This, he discovers, is the real struggle. If he's to have any hope for his future, he must first confront his past.
 

About Alexander Parsons

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Alexander Parsons is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He currently lives in Austin, Texas. This is his first novel.Alex Parsons is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He lives in Austin, Texas.
 
Published October 5, 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books. 264 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But he’s vulnerable to accusation when his gang brothers want to stage a revenge killing of another inmate, and it doesn’t help that one hostile prison guard is eager to nail Doc for any violation he can.

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Harassed by a guard and haunted by Dead Earl, the ghost of a man who used to be Doc's runner back when he was a drug dealer, Doc can't escape his past in prison—or back in D.C., when he finally makes it home.

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This is Doc's world, a world he wants desperately to leave, yet a world that, after 16 years, offers the comfort of familiarity, the security of routine, and the certainty of a code of honor, however violent.

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