Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of the world's most popular black contemporary writers. Having published sixteen novels, Goines's unique brand of street narrative' and 'ghetto realism' mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography, Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, photographs and the accounts of family members, Allen uncovers the real Goines.'