Shake Him Till He Rattles / It's Cold Out There / Felony Tank

Shake Him Till He Rattles / It's Cold Out There / Felony Tank

by Malcolm Braly, Ed Gorman

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North Beach, San Francisco: It is the early 1960's and the beat scene is changing. The Narco Squad are coming down heavy. One particular narc, Lieutenant Carver, really has it in for Lee Cabiness. All Cabiness wants to do is jam on his sax, score some weed and hang with the action. He had a thing going with Jean but that's cooled off, and now she's going with that flashy pimp, Randozza. One night Cabiness's friend Furg introduces him to Clair Hubler, a slumming rich girl who wants to hire them for a private party. She's got an anti-guy vibe but you never know. But all Furg wants to do is score some junk to find out what all the excitement's about. Naturally he thinks of Sullivan, the local junkie playwright. But Sullivan has a problem--Carver is using him to set up his friends. One summer in North Beach, they all collide. That's when things get crazy, real crazy.


JD Bing is out from San Quentin, just trying to get by selling encyclopedias--but he's not very good at it. In fact, he's getting desperate. Kristie has just lost her airline job and is holding herself together so tight she's beginning to lose touch with reality. Grove is a quiet young man who gets by selling clever little cartoons to the papers, trying to work up his nerve to ask out Kristie. When Bing comes around their apartment building in a last ditch attempt to sell, their lives are forever changed. Because Bing has entered a world of backstabbing winos, lonely check-kiting old men, cocktail waitressing divorcees, bullying counterfeiters, impotent ex-generals and crazy street people. It's a California underground--life on the fringes. And as Bing soon finds out, he was safer in prison.


"You're just a youngster. What're you doing in here?"
"I'm old enough."
"Old enough for what?"
"Old enough to take care of myself"
"Kid, no one's that old."

Doug is only seventeen when he hits town. He's been on the run for awhile, and thinks he's got it all figured out. But when he's caught robbing a store, he finds that nothing has prepared him for the felony tank. Lying about his age, he is jailed with the adults, and here he meets Carl, the aging lifer with a steady supply of candy bars; Armando, who cuts first and talks later; Pesco, the big wheel from California; and Billy and his friend Agnes, two small-time hoods with big plans for escape...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158061523
Publisher: Stark House Press
Publication date: 04/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 458
Sales rank: 917,009
File size: 606 KB

About the Author

Malcolm Braly was born in Portland, Oregon in 1925. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, he began a life of theft. He was first sent to the Preston School of Industry near Redding, California, eventually spending the first 40 years of his life in and out of prisons, including Nevada State Prison, Folsom State Prison and San Quentin, where he wrote his first three novels. Knox Burger of Gold Medal Books immediately offered him a contract and inspired Braly to take control of his life. After his final release Braly married and settled in Roxbury, New York. After 15 years of freedom, he died in a car accident in 1980.

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