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In the Hat

Martin, Dianne

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ISBN 10: 0684833352 / ISBN 13: 9780684833354
Published by Simon & Schuster, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: In the Hat

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition..

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A former serial criminal acclaimed for his series of expose+a7s of the California penal system delivers his second novel, a gritty cops-and-robbers tale featuring a compulsive gambler with a price on his head. 20,000 first printing.


The controlled power of his writing and the originality of his thinking about criminal behavior light up Dannie Martin's latest book, an engrossing story about honor and loyalty among pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and thieves. On the outskirts of Fresno, California, Vernon Coy raises fighting cocks and lives on the earnings of two hard-working hookers--his wife Paula, and Curly, his older brother Weldon's ladyfriend. Curly is living with Vern and Paula while Weldon finishes a long stretch in Soledad for armed robbery. Weldon is an expert at "working the corners," maintaining prison relationships to minimize violence. One of his allies reveals that Vernon's name has been placed "in the hat," meaning that a tough prison gang called the Dirty White Boys has put out a contract on him as a suspected snitch. How the Coy brothers and their resourceful women defend themselves, aided by a memorable old con called The Stepper, is the meat of Martin's dementedly logical story.

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