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Title:
One foot off the gutter : a novel
Author:
Plate, Peter.
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Publication Information:
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2001.

©1995
Physical Description:
233 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781583222591
Format :
Book

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Summary

The time is the late 1980s. A police officer has been gunned down. Our narrator, Coddy, a policeman, is underpaid, sleep-deprived and overweight. Coddy's partner, Bellamy, lives 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, Plate's Mission District is 'a catechism in destruction'.


Author Notes

Peter Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent living in abandoned buildings. He is the author of six previous novels: "Black Wheel of Anger" (1990), "Darkness Throws Down the Sun" (1991), "The Romance of the American Living Room" (1993), "One Foot Off the Gutter" (1995), "Snitch Factory" (1997), & "Police & Thieves" (Seven Stories Press, 1999). At spoken word performances, Plate has been known to speak his novels from memory. He lives in San Francisco.

(Bowker Author Biography)