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My Life in Crime

by John Kiriamiti

The late 1690 and early 70s may be remembered as the years of the great bank and other armed robberies in Kenya. This is the true story of one of the participants in some of those robberies, John Kiriamiti. In raw and candid language, Kiriamiti tells the story of how he dropped out of secondary school when he was only fifteen years old, and for a time became a novice pickpocket, before graduating into crimes like car-breaking and ultimately into violent robbery. This spell-binding story takes the reader into the underworld of crime, and it depicts graphically the criminal’s struggle for survival against the forces of law.

John Kiriamiti was imprisoned on 6 January 1971, after being convicted on a charge of committing robbery at Naivasha on 4 November 1970. Kiriamiti left Naivasha Maximum Security Prison in August  1984, just five months after the publication of this novel and those following which were a sensation with Kenyan youth in the late 1980s and '90s.

ISBN 9789966461926 | 244 pages | 178 x 127 mm | 1989 | East African Educational Publishers, Kenya | Paperback

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