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Low Bite

Sin Soracco’s prison novel about survival, dignity, friendship, and insubordination.

Low Bite: Sin Soracco’s prison novel about survival, dignity, friendship and insubordination. The view from inside a women’s prison isn’t a pretty one, and Morgan, the narrator, knows that as well as anyone. White, female, 26, convicted of night time breaking and entering with force, she works in the prison law library, giving legal counsel of more-or-mostly-less usefulness to other convicts. More useful is the hootch stash she keeps behind the law books. And she has plenty of enemies–like Johnson, the lesbian-hating warden, and Alex, the “pretty little dude” lawyer who doesn’t like her free legal advice. Then there’s Rosalie and Birdeye–serious rustlers whose loyalty lasts about as long as their cigarettes hold out. And then there’s China: Latina, female, 22, holding US citizenship through marriage, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder–a dangerous woman who is safer in prison than she is on the streets. They’re all trying to get through without getting caught or going straight, but there’s just one catch–a bloodstained bank account that everybody wants, including some players on the outside.

Low Bite: an underground classic reprinted at last and the first title in the new imprint from PM Press: The Green Arcade.

“Vicious, funny, cunning, ruthless, explicit…a tough original look at inside loves and larcenies.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Where else can you find the grittiness of girls-behind-bars mixed with intelligence, brilliant prose, and emotional ferocity? Sin Soracco sets the standard for prison writing. Hardboiled and with brains!”
–Peter Maravelis, editor San Francisco Noir 1 and 2

“Sin Soracco is the original Black Lizard. Low Bite will take a chunk out of your leg if not your heart. Read it, it will devour you.”
—Barry Gifford, author Port Tropique, Founder Black Lizard Books

Sin Soracco, author of Edge City, lives mostly in the Mission District of San Francisco and along the outer edges of madness on the Lower Russian River in Sonoma Country, California.

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