From September 3rd the book is available for the first time in hardback and paperback editions with a specially commissioned foreword by US crime writer James Ellroy and an afterword by the author’s widow, Jennifer Steele.
Edward Bunker’s life is beyond the imaginings of most fiction writers. He was a bright but troublesome child, who spent much of his childhood in different foster homes and institutions. He started on a criminal career at a very early age and he became the youngest ever inmate of San Quentin at the age of seventeen.
He spent most of his adult life behind bars before a parole violation resulted in a spell crossing America as a fugitive on the FBI’s most wanted list. His eventual capture took him back to jail where, inspired by the example of his literary heroes Dostoevsky, Cervantes and Caryl Chessman, he determined to write his way out of prison.
It took him 17 years, six novels and over a hundred short stories before his first book was published during which time he survived on the proceeds of crime and sold his own blood to raise money to send his writing to publishers and magazines.
His first published novel, No Beast So Fierce changed his fortunes and was filmed as Straight Time starring Dustin Hoffman. He has written three other novels, The Animal Factory, Little Boy Blue and Dog Eat Dog and his critically acclaimed autobiography, Mr Blue: Memoirs of A Renegade (all published by No Exit Press).
Bunker was also co-screen writer of the Oscar nominated movie, The Runaway Train and has appeared in a score of films, most famously his role as Mr Blue in Reservoir Dogs.
Edward Bunker died July 19 2005, aged 71.
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