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Prologue: The Strange Old Lady Across the Street
In Compton, whenever anybody's out way late in the night, it can mean only one thing.
I mean serious trouble. Even I knew that. And I was only 12 years old.
The first time I saw the ole Creole lady it must have been 3 o’clock in the morning.
A full moon lit up everything outside. The scene looked like one of those weird old black-and-white movies.
I had just gone to the bathroom. I happened to glance out the window and saw
a thin, hooded shape opening the front wrought-iron gate of the big house across
the street. Only by her super-long hair could I tell it was a woman.