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Perp punished for being published

July 9, 2008

Don’t know what’s sadder, the fact a convicted felonious writer’s manuscript has been confiscated, or that he’s got a publisher that doesn’t pay an advance. The News & Observer‘s Titan Barksdale reports:

Prison shuts the book on novelist: Inmate author’s sales violate policy

Victor Martin has been writing since he was a child, but he didn’t realize it could be a career until he became a convict.

A few years ago, Martin became a published author, writing four novels while lying in his bunk in a state prison in Elizabeth City. His books, which feature a high-rolling criminal named Unique, have a following among readers of what is known as “urban fiction,” a popular literary genre characterized by explicit tales of inner-city crime life. Martin’s books are available on Amazon.com.

But Martin says prison officials are shutting him down, saying his novels violate a policy that bars inmates from conducting business behind bars.

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