New PDF release: A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born

By Harry Harrison

During this prequel to the chrome steel Rat. Slippery Jim is the following a brash 17 12 months outdated who has left his parents' porcuswine farm, making plans to embark on a lifetime of crime. The publication opens with Jim bungling a financial institution task in order that he should be arrested and despatched to criminal, the place he plans to benefit the paintings of being a grasp legal. figuring out that the Bishop will be his mentor, Jim units approximately proving himself valuable of the master's cognizance. He ultimately has to escape his domestic planet of Bit O' Heaven with the Bishop, yet Garth, the Captain of the send who promised them secure passage, sells them into slavery...

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All was not lost yet. It didn’t take long for me to discover the best of this despicable lot. A little group was gathered around a hulking young man who sported a broken nose and a scarred face. Even the guards seemed to avoid him. ” I asked Willy, who huddled on the bench next to me, industriously picking his nose. He biinked rapidly until he finally made out the subject of my attentions, then waved his hands with despair. “Watch out for him, stay away, he’s bad medicine. Stinger is a killer, that’s what I heard, and I believe it too.

I saw then that he was only a year or two older than me-and a lot more insecure. So my first introduction to criminal life found me cheering him up, getting a wet towel to wipe his face, giving him back his knife-and even giving him a five-buck goidpiece to stop his crying. I was beginning to feel that a life of crime was not quite what I thought it would be. It was easy enough to get the story of his life-in fact it was hard to shut him up once he got in full spate. He was filled with self-pity and wallowed in the chance to reveal all to an audience.

I really didn’t know. That was when I decided to give myself a coming-of-age birthday present. A term in jail. Crazy? Like a fox! I had to find some criminals-and where better than in jail? A keen line of reasoning, one has to admit. Going to jail would be like coming home, meeting my chosen peer group at last. I would listen and learn and when I felt I had learned enough the lockpick in the sole of my shoe would help me to make my exit. How I smiled and chortled with glee. More the fool-for it was not to be this way at all.

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