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One Foot Off the Gutter (01 Edition)by Peter Plate
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The time is 1996. Our narrator, Coddy, a policeman, is underpaid, sleep-deprived, and overweight. Coddy?s partner, Bellamy, is homeless, living out of their shared squad car, littering the back seat with his dirty underwear and empty cigarette packs. Free Box and Barbie are squatters who rob Rainbow Health Foods at gunpoint for something to eat. From the junkies openly shooting up on stoops to the homeless men with their fleets of shopping carts piled high with garbage, Peter Plate?s Mission District is "a catechism in destruction," one that doesn?t end until someone is apprehended for an unsolved crime. A story about inner-city, west coast gentrification at the end of the 20th century.
The first novel in the Mission Quartet takes place in the late 1980s. Coddy, a policeman and the story's narrator, is 47 years old, underpaid, and overweight. His partner, Bellamy, lives out of their shared squad car. When a fellow officer is gunned down, a neighborhood of abandoned buildings becomes a war zone for transients, middle-class professionals, and thieves.
About the Author
Peter Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of seven previous novels, including One Foot Off the Gutter (1995), Snitch Factory (1997), Police and Thieves (1999), and Angels of Catastrophe (2001). Plate lives in San Francisco, where, at spoken word concerts or readings, he has been known to speak his novels from memory.
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