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Three decades ago, the young Socrates Fortlow had, in a burst of drunken rage, murdered two people. Hard time in an Indiana prison followed. Now. 27 years later, Socrates lives in an abandoned building in Watts, delivering groceries for a supermarket. In each of the stories in this audiobook, Socrates explores philosophical questions of mortality in a world beset with crime, poverty and racism. October 1997 publication date.