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

Inside the Crips: Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang
Author: Ann Pearlman - Colton Simpson
ISBN 13: 9780312329303
ISBN 10: 31232930
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 2006-11-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $19.99

"..(an) arresting memoir…"—-Entertainment Weekly

Colton "C-Loc" Simpson was a Crip. Beginning at the age of ten in the mid-1970s, Simpson's world was defined in terms of war. By the time he quit, Simpson had risen through the ranks to become Stabilizer and later, General.

Simpson was the son of Dick Simpson, a ballplayer for the California Angels and Cincinnati Reds, but even before he became a gangbanger, his life was rough. Raised by his grandmother in South Central L.A., Simpson didn't so much turn to the streets as become engulfed by them: without asking to become part of the gang, his forced induction into the Crips meant running down an alley while the members opened fire on him.

INSIDE THE CRIPS is Simpson's unstinting account—emotional, violent, ugly and tender—of life inside a gang. You'll meet intense characters such as Smiley, Simpson's fellow gangbanger, and heartbreaking ones such as Gina, the mother of two young sons who married Simpson in prison.

"The book provides a window into an often misunderstood way of life."—Publishers Weekly