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Luis J. Rodriguez's 1993 memoir Always Running (9780743276917) rendered the L.A. gang war scene so vividly that appreciative reviewers compared it to George Orwell's classic Down and Out in Paris and London. Since then, his readers have hoped and waited for a sequel; here, eighteen years later, it is. It Calls You Back is no less powerful than its predecessor. Rodriguez's memoir begins with an account of a final teenage prison stint, but he makes no claim of making a smooth, heroic recovery. Instead, he writes with bracing honesty about his intermittent failure to overcome his drug addictions, raging anger, and connections with the dangerous life that he vowed to leave behind. It Calls You Back possesses a fervent down these mean streets candor that makes us respect its embattled author even more.