Stark by Edward Bunker
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Ex-con. Author. Actor. Legend. Edward Bunker is one of the acknowledged masters of crime fiction. Written in the late 1960's and discovered after Bunker's death in 2005, Stark is his first and perhaps his most explosive novel ever.1962. Oceanview, California. The girls are beautiful. The dope is cheap. The squares here are ripe for the plucking--easy money for a man with a plan. Ernie Stark is a hophead and a grifter out to make a big score. If he has to screw over everyone in town, he will. The problem is one more misstep will find him locked up for good.Violent, lightening paced and exotic, filed with the most wonderful cast of lowlifes you'll ever meet and dialogue that crackles, this is the lost novel for mystery lovers everywhere and the legion of fans of the legendary Edward Bunker.

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"Bunker shoots straight--his direct and transparent prose captures the primacy of violence that defines life in the slammer...Bunker clearly articulates the code of prison life and the pathology of the career criminal in raw, muscular prose."--Kirkus Reviews"The best first-person crime novel I've ever read."--Quentin Tarantino on NO BEAST SO FIERCE
Published December 26, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 236 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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This recently discovered first novel by Bunker (1933–2005), who wrote his way out of prison with a series of tough-guy novels and memoirs (Education of a Felon: A Memoir, 2000, etc.), hints at both the accomplishments and the limitations of his later work.

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Reviewing the Evidence

If Stark doesn't find out who is providing drugs to local dealer Momo, Crowley will have Stark put back in prison.

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Project MUSE

As Colonel Stark's command, 1st New Hampshire, came under cross fire from naval guns while crossing the Neck between Cambridge and Charlestown, Captain Henry Dearborn suggested they pick up the pace, but Stark would have none of that.

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