Drugs, Alcohol and Literature

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"...When you put this book down, trust me, you will think about it for a long time.” - Robert Olmstead, author of the national bestseller Coal Black Horse
“A grimly exquisite memoir that reads like a noir novel…”
Publishers Weekly (Best Books of the Year)

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This first novel was published in a limited edition of 500 copies in 1977 and has been out of print for 25 years. Thanks to editor and publisher Will Entrekin, it's now available again as an e-book through Amazon. I was 20 years old when I wrote this one.

"Going nowhere at sixteen, bored and frustrated with school, aware of the world's flaws but feeling helpless to correct them, James Brown's narrator, Virgil, idly picks up a spray paint can and says in bold script what he thinks of it all on the side of an abandoned building. Arrested by two police officers, in an instant he is Going Fast. First to reform school where he meets JT, a confirmed incorrigible. Then into a low paying, grimy job, living in the San Jose slum. Learning from JT, becoming his partner in crime, Virgil gradually claims his own destiny and identity through ten rapidly moving, freewheeling days in and around San Francisco drug traffic."

- Meritt Clifton, editor of Samisdat