Inside the Crips: Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang

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"Simpson was an elite gang soldier, loyal to a fault, participating wholly in a system whose rules and unique ethics he quickly mastered. But Simpson's run at the top of the Crips was cut off by betrayal, injury, and a prison stint that plunged him into an even fiercer war beyond gang violence: the war in Calapatria State Prison between the Crips and the corrections officers." "Inside the Crips is an intimate, detailed look at gang life from the 1970s to the 1990s, and at the same time a story of both buoyant camaraderie and devastating loss. It places the reader in the center of the rush that comes from being a part of gang violence and puts the extraordinary life and times of one Crip into a larger context."--BOOK JACKET.

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Inside the Crips: life inside L. A.'s most notorious gang

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After being physically and emotionally abused by his mother and her live-in boyfriend, Colton Simpson moved in with his grandmother. She took care of him and brought him to church, but Simpson still ... Read full review

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This book is one violent thing after another, which of course I should have expected. But all the events ran into each other to the point where I didn't know which was more important than the other. Read full review



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Colton Simpson lives in Los Angeles.  Ann Pearlman is the author of GETTING FREE: WOMEN AND PYCHOTHERAPY, KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING and INFIDELITY: A MEMOIR. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she lives.


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