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Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street
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Publisher:  Strategic Book Publishing ISBN-10:  1608603180 Type: 
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103

Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9781608603183
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A fictitious crime syndicate on an imaginary street in a futuristic New York City. The boys who became men and joined first the outer silent inner circle then progressed upward from there eventually to the upper silent inner circle of the crime syndicate on Trip City Street.

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Timothy Louis Baker, Author of “Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street”
December 23, 2011 — Pat Bertram

What is your book about?

Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street by Timothy Louis Baker is about a crime syndicate headquartered on a fictitious city street in futuristic New York City. The leader of the crime ring is the most powerful criminal on earth and his crime syndicate extends into every country. He plots an assassination attempt upon the President of the United States so that the Vice President would take office that could be bought and would enable him in his plans for a world takeover. To take over control of every country on the earth by waging war with each nation until every government is conquered so that the world would be in anarchy ruled by him. Finally when that WW III is over even and the world has a chance to recuperate he would launch an assault of all people who were not of the white race to be slaughtered so there would be an totally white racist world and he would rule it until he died.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

This story was unique in that the idea came to me immediately before I began writing it and I just sat down to write it. It went through many twists and turns, me moving from one location that circumstances didn’t permit me to continue writing it, then moving again to another area that permitted me to pursue writing again. I only had a quarter of it written and that needed editing but I managed to add to it here and there until it was finished, except for the publisher’s editor who helped me put the fine-tuned edges on it and it was completed and then published.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I have lived much of my life involved in criminal activity and using drugs so when it came time to actually create fiction books on that subject, I had a good wellspring of savvy of my own to draw upon. I had never been to New York City but I had lived on the roads and in the streets, at least partially in some larger cities. So I wasn’t writing about something I had totally no knowledge about.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Actually it took years for me to write the entire work of Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street. However I wrote some of it then wrote some of other books and then returned to this one and back and forth. All the while I kept forming the ideas for this work and adding to it, taking parts out, moving bits and pieces around, polishing up on it until it was acceptable with a publisher. I had the book edited and then it was ready for publication and immediately for the press.

How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

When I began to write this title I only had a bare necessity for the idea that the book eventually turned into writing. However those ideas by trial and error among other methods eventually became shaped and molded by me as the author until I had the entire idea constructed and from there merely had to add the words until it was a work in full. That process of writing and experimentation before the final decision on how I wanted the book to turn out took many months of a few years because I was distracted by the complicity of the topic and as a result of other work I need to do also. Sporting seven books trying to write or rewrite them all in a period of a few years made this task monumental.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

I know my story is completed when all is said and all is done in the book that I as the writer would have no further requirement in putting down as the reader would have reached the end of a complete idea. Just like a sentence, a paragraph and a chapter are supposed to be. When it’s time to begin writing another idea then it’s time for me as a writer to go on and continue on the next best thing to be done.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

Yes there is a message to my writing but because I have been so many places and seen so much there and because I have written so much there is always the knowledge inside me as an author that no two points of view may be exactly identical. What one reader will interpret my written work another will invariably see something at least a little bit differently because there is that little difference between everybody. However my main message in the mystery novelette world so far has been that of crime and drugs, how the characters are involved and around that what both the characters and the story is constructed on. Crime and drugs can be looked upon as a place setting but what the characters actions within this realm is where the meat of the story is contained. In the case with Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street I was trying to impress not only on how bad the world of this kind of life is, not only how it can be and in fact always is and always will be but additionally what developments took place can be utilized to derive how things would really be if it were a true story.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?

The most difficult part of the story as I wrote it was to keep the entire plot together as one central idea. It became so complicated and complex that I continually needed to weed out parts here and there to get it right like I thought it should be. I don’t think it was a lack of concentration on my part but instead the multitudinous amount of ideas always going through my head that I had to keep going through the story and deleting parts out with typing new ideas to take their place until I had it exactly right as I wanted it so it would all fit together and read as a book should.

How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?

As far as my life’s environments have been concerned and to a lesser degree my later upbringing being my teenage years affected the tone of my fiction writing by the additional amount of crime and drugs that I never knew before that period of my life. At the age of 16 years old I was introduced to crime and drugs heavily. That meant also hatred, jealousy, envy, violence and all of the other vices associated with the life I led that I had minimum contact with before that. So when I finally got into writing, the genres I choose to write of were much adorned with these facets because it was what I knew about and not what I had to make up totally from the research of others because I choose not to write anything that way. I have lived this way principally ever since my mid-teenage years and that affected everything I write or have ever written as an author.


Excerpt

Now in this crime syndicate on Trip City Street of New
York, New York, there was an upper silent circle of men
who were bosses and who served those who made the
money they got a cut from. They were made men.
In this silent circle, guy A knew guy B and guy C knew
guy B but guy A didn’t know who guy C was nor did guy C
didn’t know who guy A was. Guy B knew both who guy A
and guy C were and everything coming or going from one
to the other up to his boss, who neither guy A nor guy C
knew either. The silent circle then kept all protected as long
as guy B never talked. In this crime ring the guy B never did.
In 2018 there was a party for all of the upper silent circle
on Trip City Street and Budweiser was the “in” drink at this
party-down-big-time party-down-place from a long-timeway-
ago-back past. Along with whiskey and Coke to mix
it with and pot, acid, cocaine, crack, what have you in the
doings of the people of the party there on Trip City Street.
It was the host’s stuff from and where the one getting and
giving the stuff is silent in the inner circle and gets his stuff
from out of town or more usually from out of the country
there on Trip City Street, New York, New York, USA,
Planet Earth, in the solar system where all of that space is.
The guests kept thinking about the effects of the drugs as the
leader of the group who lived in the rich neighborhood was
speaking, keeping the audience spellbound in their thoughts
about the glorious subject of crime and drugs.
The host, Craig, who was the rich upper man of this
crime syndicate was saying, “We all jumped off the back
of the boat into the water off the dock and swam to the
dock on the other side of the harbor and climbed up on it
and took off running before any of the Feds could catch up
to us. They fired guns, and believe it or not, on top of that
entertainment center where that hole is in that hat is where
the bullet that almost got me! No shit! They got the boat and
the shit but we managed to escape and I almost bought it.”
Girls cooed and men stood in awe and said, “Wow!”
and another said, “No shit?” and yet others simply stated
awe in their breath.
The bravest one there, Jack, the drug runner, the one
who worked for the man who owned the house and the
one who did all of the dirty work, found it amusing that all
of the man’s adventures were not nearly as close to being
as dangerous as the life he had led. It was a remarkable
life he had led to get this together and piece by piece he
knew he had many times the amount of lore and guts, life
to death closer than anything Craig had ever or would ever
have done. He knew it would take a long time to get it all
together, what he had done, but he also knew it could come
apart at any second in time.
The house was an expensive huge mansion, Craig’s home
away from home of his penthouse apartment, and even for
the rich man Craig, it was expensively decorated with the
souvenirs from various places he’d been to see about the
things pertaining to crime of other nature than setting up
a deal, before he did this softer, easier, less dirty work of
smuggling drugs into the country. He used to smuggle other
things from foreign countries overseas, stolen stuff, foreign
guns, diamonds, jewelry, paintings, other art works, and
now drugs instead. It brought more money to smuggle the
drugs instead of all of the latter, which are less risky. The
drugs are more risky but paid well if you dealt in large
enough amounts of business and used to have and still had
other businesses, stolen cars, chop shops, prostitution, and
drug sales in and around Trip City Street.
The carpet in the house was deep plush and there was
a linoleum kitchen floor. There was deep brown paneling,
dark brown fine furniture, and he even had a pool table at
the back of the apartment with a bar in it, and they were
all in that room having the party together, and taking the
drugs continued for quite some time.
Other people told other lore. Some of it was quite good.
One man after another challenged each other with previous
experiences, the bravest things they’d ever done, the closest
to getting caught without getting caught, the most dangerous
things they’d ever done, the closest they’d ever been to getting
double crossed by someone else in the drug world, the closest
they came to getting busted, and a whole multitude of things
to match that and the henchman Jack was aware the whole
lot of them hadn’t done as much close calls to death or any
other danger as the ones he’d personally done. The total
amount was more than what they’d all done combined, all of
their experiences they talked about, and he knew they talked
about all of them and had a good time with them.
The stories were silent of other names because that was
the silence in which they lived and died by hopefully. So they
snorted lines of cocaine and smoked the dank shit (that’s
how fresh it was), which they dried out under light bulbs
first, and drank their casual party beer. It was a better party
than Craig ever expected. It was just a casual beer and dope
party with a group that worked together for a man who
worked for somebody else and neither Craig nor the others
there, nor the others not there any of them dealt with, never
say anything to anybody about anything ever or the vow of
silence was broken, and if you ran, you’d be found quicker
than you could get away. There would be no reason for you
to run because you would be found.
The inner circle was assembled within the New York
City part in Trip City Street. The bosses of the boys were
gathered together there.
Crime was what was going on. What one man stole
another man fenced but it passed from one to another by a
boss of a lower or the upper inner silent circle. Drugs were
also dealt. Where they came from and where they went was
the inner circle of silence. No one ever told, as it would have
been pointless to do so, there was nowhere to go, nowhere
to hide. The hit man would find you wherever you were,
and you would be found where there would be a hit man to
find you and you would be on a contract, with your death
warrant signed by yourself.



Professional Reviews

Book Review by Randal Radic
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street by Timothy Louis Baker
Copyright 2009 Strategic Book Publishing
Reviewed by Randall Radic
Not too long ago, Cormac McCarthy wrote The Road. It was a great book and McCarthy is a genius. In 2006, Vintage Books – which is a part of the Random House empire – published McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited. The publisher described The Sunset Limited as “a novel in dramatic form.” Translation: it was written in dialogue as if for the theater. Whatever one cared to call it, the technique was effective. Especially in the hands of someone as gifted as Cormac McCarthy.
Timothy Louis Baker did just the opposite in his new novel. It’s called Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street. And to all intents and purposes Baker has – in effect – taken a dramatic screenplay and turned it into a novel. And like McCarthy, Baker is neat-handed as he weaves a story of domestic terrorists plotting to take over the government.
The terrorists finance their conspiracy by means of a continual criminal enterprise – the manufacture, distribution and sale of illegal substances. Drugs. To reveal much more of the story would spoil it. So what happens and how it all turns out won’t be mentioned. However, the plot is tightly wrapped and rockets along to an explosive ending.
If you want something to compare it to, think Reservoir Dogs, the bloody, intricate and action-packed movie made by Tarantino some years ago. Which means that Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street would make a hecka-good movie. In fact, the reviewer suggests Jean Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert and Rutger Hauer would be perfect as the principal bad guys. Ridley Scott or Tarantino or Rodriguez could direct, adding their personal chromatic touches to an already dark story. The interplay between directorial coloration and thematic blackness would produce a subtle turbulence.
Baker’s growth as a writer is evident in Crime and Drugs. He’s gone from the charm of miscellaneous stream-of-consciousness to the sharper images of a more traditional style of writing. And his ear for dialogue is skillfully displayed in this latest effort. Which means it’s an easy book to read, because it resonates with action and a linguistic sartorial flair. Which means it’s all dressed up and it has someplace to go.
On the Read-O-Meter, which ranges from one star (pitiful) to five stars (startling), Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street comes in at 5 stars.


Christop Fischer
"Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street" by Timothy Louis Baker is a futuristic tale set only a few years ahead of our current time and it is a gripping story about the rise of a group of young men, in particular Kevin, as they grow up in an environment of drugs and crime.

It is a what-if-scenario played out to highlight the mechanisms of the crime and drug world and the many different ways young people can get drawn into its spiral.
Part 1 focuses on the 'fun' part of drugs, the seemingly harmless recreational use, the casual dealing and the only minor consequences of the escapists on Trip City Street. Yes, there are already fatalities and even a revenge killing that reaches into prison and beyond, but the chapter is comparatively harmless.
Moving from 2015 to 2018 Chapter 2 explains to us with engaging narrative the higher levels of drug crime, the inner circle, the upper level of the movers and shakers and those next in line to be promoted to the status of leaders of their sections of crime. Shown is the example of Harry's Chop Shop, a place to recycle stolen cars and their parts which several leaders want to incorporate their business.
There is also talk of entire crime rings, pimps, thieves and more involved organized crime.

Written in simplistic prose and fast pace the story draws us into this world with a rhythmic and quick to the point style. The journey of the people we follow to death or to higher ranks of the underworld leads us to chapter 3, where in 2020 said Kevin is head of an entire crime ring, head of arms dealing,s protection money and a fat cat who gets his share from almost any other crime committed. His influence reaches as far as the government and his ambition is to become world leader of a more or less anarchistic new world. For this purpose he recruits a huge army in Montana.

Enough said about the plot assnot to spoil your experience. The book is an amazing piece of literature that closes in on the seriousness that derives from harmless usage of drugs, works out nicely the connections between separate sections of the crime world and exposes the mechanisms at play in this world.

Having created this what-if scenario helps to illustrate these points in a very engaging and captivating manner. Although this is a work of entertainment and fiction the underlying issues are handled adequately to show their gravity.


Fran Lewis
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street: Timothy Louis Baker
How much power does someone need in order to be satisfied? How far will you go to get what you want? Some young men started out at an early age to understand the meaning of Code of Silence, Respect, Fear and Loyalty but not in a conventional way. Taking what they wanted, ordering many to pay protection, buying off officials and making sure that no one spoke about them or mentioned them was just part of the crime and drug world that riddled the streets of the Trip City Street or New York a city in the near future. Young men grew up on the streets creating what some might think is a thriving business strong arming others into silent submissions to do their bidding, make sure they were never short changed and report to one man that was do deadly and dangerous that being in his presence and saying the wrong thing might or would cost you your life. What would happen if there were no laws and crime was the only thing that prevailed? What would happen if the jails were empty and the criminals ran the streets? What would happen if our government decided to become a part of a master plot created by one man to take over the WORLD and create anarchy so deadly, so powerful, that no one could make a single move without the permission or knowledge of this one man? Crime is defined as:” An action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law. “What is that no longer existed?
From the start author Timothy Louis Baker sets the scene for an explosive finale that you won’t see coming. Within this book he relates the way this syndicate or organization is run. Hierarchy is defined as:
“A system or organization in which people or groups is ranked one above the other according to status or authority.” Each soldier or man working for this leader had a job. Some rose from the ranks and others that did not follow his creed or laws were eliminated. Meet Jeff, Larry, Joe, Jim, Rick, Craig, Jack and Dogman the men behind the scenes that did it all for one man named Kevin. Just how did he become so powerful is quite frightening. Although this story takes place in the future what happens could very well happen in the present if we do not stay alert and keep our eyes open watching predators like Kevin.
Drugs, alcohol, smoking and hard drugs seem to be the way to go and not often used for recreational purposes. Those that did not use were considered useless. The first few chapters focus on how this group got started struggle for those top positions, what jobs they were given and how they rose in the organization. Hierarchy: each man had his job and his job depended on his ability to carry out a specific task or job for the top man. Jack, the drug runner, Craig a rich upper man in this syndicate who hosted parties, Harry whose chop shop became the place of choice to bring stolen cars, Rick who stole the cars, and Jeff who was fantastic at robbing cars. There are others but for right now these are the main players. Many die, others find out what happens when they decide to help the police and some find out when in prison. The story begins in 2015 and escalates to 2018 and where things more than heat up.
Just like most teens or young adults who want to be popular and be in the in crowd these young men wanted to become more important in the hierarchy of this drug lord’s organization. Called the inner circle, the upper level, those within it had strong ties to the leader, knew the consequences for failure and disloyalty. Those in the upper level were the ones who were promoted to higher-level jobs and given salaries that could fund more than just two third world countries. Harry’s Chop shop was used to refurbish and resell stolen cars and their parts. Crime is first and foremost and this organization runs the gambit. Thieves, pimps, selling and marketing drugs, bank robbers and much more were just the tip of the iceberg that helped their leader and others live the lavish styles they became more than accustomed.
Throughout Chapter Three the author shares Kevin’s rise to the top and we learn about his early life, his relationship with his mother and how it all got started. Into auto thefts, pimping, drugs, selling and transporting them providing him and his team with more than enough money to live on for years even after their deaths. But, Kevin was power hungry and had what some might think a “Dictatorial Complex,” modeling himself on some of the monarchs or dictators of the past and thinking that what he had planned was far greater. This is a story that will make readers pause for thought as this one man named Kevin Gregory Wilson from the age of four wanted to rule the world but not in a conventional way. No, he did not want to become President. No, he did not want to become the head of a corporation. No, he did not want to create jobs and make the world safer and better. He wanted to create a lawless world filled with fear, hate, and distrust and have the entire world’s population cower to him and him alone. Frightening to say the least.
The years pass and the author progresses as Kevin does to his fortieth year where the story continues in 2020 which is not so far away. Told in narrative form with some dialogue to help readers get to hear the voices of each of the primary characters, this story takes on many issues that most of us need to be more aware of. From the prevalent use of drugs on so many streets, to the rise of crime in many areas, Trip City which is New York or my city, has become the world’s number one haven for crimes and drugs. Protection, graft, government and law enforcement cover-ups, creating an army to help take over the world, disbanding our military and enlisting these men to work towards his goals is truly more than just alarming. A man so powerful that taking out a world leader would just be deciding on the right price and the right man for the job. Creating an anarchistic society run by this man was his goal. Creating an army and taking the recruits to a camp he set up in Montana the first step. What happens, how he plans to execute this and the end result is all so masterfully crafted and described by author Timothy Louis Baker and will not be revealed since I too will not say a word or talk about the players or let on about the final outcome.
When is too much power too much? What is it time to stop it? Find out the answer to these questions, the fate of the world and the hope for the future when you read Crimes and Drugs on Trip City Street by multi-talented author Timothy Louis Baker.
Fran Lewis: reviewer, educator, talk show host of Book Discussion on Blog Talk Radio on the World Of Ink, author and interviewer


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Reader Reviews for "Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street"

Reviewed by Timothy Baker 5/22/2013
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street by Timothy Louis Baker
Copyright 2009 Strategic Book Publishing
Reviewed by Randall Radic
Not too long ago, Cormac McCarthy wrote The Road. It was a great book and McCarthy is a genius. In 2006, Vintage Books – which is a part of the Random House empire – published McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited. The publisher described The Sunset Limited as “a novel in dramatic form.” Translation: it was written in dialogue as if for the theater. Whatever one cared to call it, the technique was effective. Especially in the hands of someone as gifted as Cormac McCarthy.
Timothy Louis Baker did just the opposite in his new novel. It’s called Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street. And to all intents and purposes Baker has – in effect – taken a dramatic screenplay and turned it into a novel. And like McCarthy, Baker is neat-handed as he weaves a story of domestic terrorists plotting to take over the government.
The terrorists finance their conspiracy by means of a continual criminal enterprise – the manufacture, distribution and sale of illegal substances. Drugs. To reveal much more of the story would spoil it. So what happens and how it all turns out won’t be mentioned. However, the plot is tightly wrapped and rockets along to an explosive ending.
If you want something to compare it to, think Reservoir Dogs, the bloody, intricate and action-packed movie made by Tarantino some years ago. Which means that Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street would make a hecka-good movie. In fact, the reviewer suggests Jean Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert and Rutger Hauer would be perfect as the principal bad guys. Ridley Scott or Tarantino or Rodriguez could direct, adding their personal chromatic touches to an already dark story. The interplay between directorial coloration and thematic blackness would produce a subtle turbulence.
Baker’s growth as a writer is evident in Crime and Drugs. He’s gone from the charm of miscellaneous stream-of-consciousness to the sharper images of a more traditional style of writing. And his ear for dialogue is skillfully displayed in this latest effort. Which means it’s an easy book to read, because it resonates with action and a linguistic sartorial flair. Which means it’s all dressed up and it has someplace to go.
On the Read-O-Meter, which ranges from one star (pitiful) to five stars (startling), Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street comes in at 5 stars.
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