Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Mosley, Walter

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) in this acclaimed collection of entwined tales. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles -- and finding the miracle of survival. "I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working for the Bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around.

Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 1998
ISBN: 0671014994
9780671014995
0393045390
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOSLEY
Characteristics: 208 p. ;,21 cm

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I liked this book because it surprised me. I thought it would be a typical gritty South Central LA street novel full of ganstas and bad language. Instead it turned out to be the story of Socrates Fortlow and his friends - real people trying to do the best they can for each other despite their po... Read More »


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