Edward Bunker career criminal and crime writer, starred as Mr Blue in Quentin Tarantino’s breakout 1992 film
Reservoir Dogs, hence the title of this astounding true life crime memoir.
Product of a broken home, Bunker became the youngest inmate of San Quentin prison, age seventeen, where he penned his supercharged first novel No Beast so Fierce.
Bunker was always a smart guy, with an IQ of 152 he was smarter than most in the US prison system, but he was never a very successful criminal and he was convicted on a wide raft of charges, including bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery and forgery.
Befriended in jail by Mrs Louise Wallis, wife of movie mogul, Hal Wallis he was introduced into her circle of friends including, Tennesse Williams, Aldous Huxley and William Randolph Hearst.
When it comes to hardboiled crime writing, bunker is the man. This book is probably the best written and most wildly entertaining crime memoir Crimeziners will ever read. Check out also, the aforementioned No Beast so Fierce, described by Quentin Tarantino as The finest crime novel ever written. Follow this by reading Bunker’s 1995 book Dog Eat Dog. James Ellroy called this: The best armed robbery novel ever written. High praise indeed.
For Ed Bunker the stories ended July, 19 2005 aged 71 but the legend continues RIP
No Beast so fierce (1973)
The Animal Factory (1977)
Little Boy Blue (1981)
Dog Eat Dog (1995)
Mr Blue: Memoirs of a Renegade, issued in US as Education of a Felon (2000)
Death row Breakout and Other Stories (2010) Published posthumously