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By Tony O'Neill

After hard their assets within the slums of la, a junkie and his spouse settle in London's ''murder mile,'' the city's so much violent and criminally corrupt part. Persevering previous failed remedies, chronic temptation, city ennui, and his wife's ruinous dying want, the anonymous narrator fights to reclaim his existence.

In prose that can peel paint from a automobile, Tony O'Neill re-creates the painfully comedian, frequently tragic days of a recuperating heroin addict.

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Susan’s 28 DOWN AND OUT ON MURDER MILE mother was eager to see us leave the United States, even paid for our plane tickets. Susan and I were convinced the airport cops were gonna pounce on us before we even made it to the plane. ” they’d yell. ” They’d hold us down and read the litany of crimes: my being in the country illegally for over a year. Possession and use of controlled substances. Thousands of dollars in bounced checks, ripped bank accounts, unpaid rent. The $15,000 stolen from Susan’s old job.

I started to get over my feelings of ridiculousness about “sharing” in group meetings. Loaded, I was expert at saying the right things: expressing the officially proscribed doubts and fears using the correct, crypto-therapeutic language. I learned not to roll my eyes or snigger when someone used an NA cliché around me. I was astounded by people’s ability to use a cliché I had heard in recovery one million times before, as if they were expressing a truly original thought. Like this: “You know what I realized I was doing?

I limped back into the guesthouse. I sat down and rolled up my pant leg, exposing a large ugly gash running up my shin. “Jesus! ” Susan said, coming over to look. “What happened? ” “I got knocked over by a cop car. They let me go. I told you it’s a fucking mess out there tonight. I should have never gone . . Fuck! ” I went to the bathroom and peeled off my bloody jeans, trying to wash the dirt out of the wound as best I could. Susan popped her head in the door after a few minutes. “You could have been busted,” she said, quietly.

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