This guy is a born storyteller! An auspicious debut, by Parchman inmate Roy Harper, Shank, signals a voice that, if there's any justice, we should hear more of. As an ex-con myself, Harper has done our small tribe proud, and I am pleased to add my praise to a novel that rang true on every page. Les Edgerton, Author, The Bitch, The Rapist, The Genuine Imitation Plastic Kidnapping, Bomb! and others.
With imagination and research a good crime writer can convince you that you are almost anywhere in the world, at any point in history. That's the nature of the job. For sheer first-hand authenticity, however,no-one is going to be challenging Roy Harper's account of life in an American jail anytime soon.Crime Fiction Lover
About the Author
Roy Harper has been incarcerated since 1981 for armed robbery. Originally from Arizona, the 57 year old author now speaks with a southern accent, the result of his long stint in a Mississippi prison. Harper gained nationwide notoriety for two highly publicized escapes from a maximum security prison and subsequent high speed car chases and police shoot-outs in 1983 and 2000. For the past fifteen years he has been campaigning in US courts to reduce brutality and injustice in American jails.