Lance R. Martin’s New Book “The Lakeside Gangster” is a Deeply Personal Reflection on an Early Life of Crime, Incarceration and Violence, and Ultimately, Redemption

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Recent release “The Lakeside Gangster” from Page Publishing author Lance R. Martin is both candid memoir and cautionary tale. From life on the streets to the possibility of a life sentence and the everyday gang violence lurking inside prison walls, Martin recounts his enlightenment and evolution from gangster to citizen.

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Lance R. Martin, a former convict who studied constitutional law while incarcerated, has completed his book “The Lakeside Gangster”: a story of survival amid deadly violence on crime-ridden in a state penitentiary and a return to life in society.

The year was 1974, and the location was an elementary school in Sacramento, California. Ms. Brown, the fifth-grade teacher, came out of the classroom to tell the children recess was over. She started running the kids in, but one boy remained motionless and did not come in.

She yelled, “Lance, time to come in. Recess is over!”

The boy turned slightly to look at his teacher, which was when she saw the impending sense of doom on the boy’s facial expression. She had never seen that hardened, troubled look on a child’s face before.

This boy named Lance Martin would go on to become a Lakeside Gangster and live by the gun and, like all gangsters, would either die in the streets or do hard time. In the penitentiary, he would install fear into other men and learn the way of the knife!

The author shares, ‘My name is Lance Martin, a.k.a. Lucky. I made my bones in the penitentiary and became a shot caller inside some of the toughest and most violent penitentiaries known to mankind. This is a true story, and throughout my criminal career inside and out of prison, I had dealings with the Aryan Brotherhood, the Hells Angels, and the Mexican mafia. I was given the Brand’s knowledge in politics and used it, calling shots for my race on the inside of the penitentiary. I kept it gangster all the way to the end, and one thing I learned on the inside is, God might forgive me but a gangster never will. I was in three knife fights during my reign and was stabbed twice in two of them. The second stabbing took me out of good standing with the brothers, and I ended my criminal career. It was violence in and violence out. That’s the game.’”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Martin’s book is a gritty and candid story about the consequences of bad decisions and the perseverance needed to overcome a criminal past.

Readers who wish to experience this gripping and potent work can purchase “The Lakeside Gangster” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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