The Blue Suit: A Memoir of Crime

Odyssey Editions
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Richard Rayner had a peripatetic childhood, and it seemed he found some sense of place when he attended Cambridge University. The study of philosophy combined with an obsession with books, however, served as the catalyst for a bizarre life of crime. Mounting debts propelled the author into a series of adventures, as he plundered bookstores for elusive first editions, forged checks, and acted as an accomplice in a Keystone Kops-like attempted bank robbery.

In a memoir that's "compelling, edgy, painfully alive" (Times Literary Supplement), like "stripped-down Dostoevsky" (Time), this is the personal story, both tragic and comic, of an absence of identity and a long checkered past of crimes and misdemeanors.

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About the author

Born in England, Richard Rayner now lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of Southern California. His previous books include the novels The Cloud Sketcher, L.A. Without a Map, and Murder Book, as well as the nonfiction account A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications.

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Publisher
Odyssey Editions
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Published on
Oct 25, 2013
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781623730185
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
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