By Jack Black

The favourite publication of William Burroughs. A trip into the hobo underworld, freight hopping round the nonetheless Wild West, changing into a highwayman and member of the yegg (criminal) brotherhood, getting addicted to opium, doing stints in penitentiary or escaping, usually with the help of crooked police officers or judges. Our misplaced background revived.. With an creation via Burroughs. A BookSense seventy seven selection.

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