In our crime fiction novels and short story, we bring in many real life elements including foster care and interracial romance.
In our first three novels, our criminal on the run, Anthony Angelino, was a realistic person. Part of our writing comes from Don’s relationship with an inmate, a young man who grew up in a group home and then spent almost two years living with Don’s family.
CRIMINAL REALITIES: EXPENSIVE CARE PACKAGES
One of the realistic elements of having an inmate relative in custody is that sending approved care packages through the available services is incredibly expensive.
Look at this below: would you pay $55 for this collection?
REFORM SHOULD REDUCE THE COST OF INMATE CARE PACKAGES
We’ve not checked to see if some of the legislation for justice reform impacts the cost of gifts like this or the lack of hygiene products available.
In a state like California, which boasts the seventh or eighth largest economy in the world, inmates in county jails and state prisons have a tough time getting basic hygiene products like soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste unless their friends or relatives pay for it.
Well, more reality to work into our future stories.
We are mid-way through Book 4 and we’ll reveal the title soon. Stay tuned. It promises to be an epic novel of drug dealing and battling in Los Angeles, bringing together the story lines of the previous novels.
Now, enjoy this excerpt from Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead, Chapter 2
EXCERPT: TOM STONE: DAY OF THE DEAD
Anthony Angelino’s prison-issued jumpsuit did more than mark him as an inmate in California’s state prison system. It seemed like a shield that protected him from his visitor ….
…. Prison inmates were responsible for requesting visitors and then applications were sent to the prospective friend or relative. Angelino let weeks and then months pass before taking action. In his mind, Amman was a foe and not a friend, so he had no problem waiting and making Amman write multiple letters asking about the visitation status ….
…. Angelino’s hatred for Amman had been reinforced during the visit. He sauntered back to the cell block and tried once again to shut out thoughts of the bustling dispensary he had owned in East Hollywood.
He reached his bunk where his cellmate, Calvin, lay with an arm covering his face. His chest heaved and Angelino could tell that the man was crying.
“You didn’t see nothing.” Calvin was doing time for holding up a check cashing store and his wife told him during their visit that she was divorcing him.
“No problem, man,” Angelino responded. Showing weakness wasn’t a good idea in lockup. It made a man vulnerable to predators and Angelino had no business ratting on people who didn’t cause him any trouble.
He stretched on his mattress and wondered what Sara was doing at the moment and if she was thinking about him. Tension built as he pictured her going to nursing school, taking classes, graduating, and leaving him.
Shit. He hated Amman and he hated Stone for getting him tossed into the system. And he hated his attorney for taking so damned long to do something, anything that would get him out.