The author, Glenn Langohr takes you on a journey from a runaway childhood, to addict and drug dealer, into the drug war for an inside look at Mexican cartel wars, corrupt narcotic detectives and a California Prison Union bent on breeding bigger criminals.
Sequel To Roll Call: Upon Release from Pelican Bay Prison, B.J struggles not to look back at the Criminal Justice System that tried to kill him. Inspired to help prisoners turn their lives around through art, he tries to work for the church. Running into judgment, the church doesn't tell the shelter he lives at he was volunteering his time helping orphans and B.J is on the run again. Add a beautiful ballerina, a good cop squeezed out of the loop by overzealous detectives, a prison protest to help the voiceless, and the temptation to do a massive drug run from Mexico, and you have the perfect recipe for a Spiritual revolution, where compassion is missing, all leaving the reader wondering; who are the real criminals?
Veto drove past Baldwin Park and navigated a few turns to the safe house. Downstairs in the basement Veto said, “Drape the walls to cover Topo’s art so I can do some directing.”
L’il Chuco set the drapes and closed them on the Aztec calendar, some infamous territory Topo controlled and a depiction of an eagle clawing a snake out of a burning bush. With that done he put detective Pincher on the couch against the wall.
Veto positioned the camera his homeboys raided from a non-local news van from Northern California and captured the hardwood floor with the 10 feet to the couch. Blood soaked stains going back 50 years of examples made for violations that included atrocious crimes against women and children, informants who destroyed a structure that kept the streets in the right hands and other reasons less honorable, left their mark.
Veto looked through the eyepiece and centered detective Pincher and pushed RECORD. His arms were draped over the top of the couch in the sign of a cross. His chin with the cop-like mustache rested on his chest, still in an almost unconscious nod over a Hawaiian shirt. Veto walked from the video camera to Pincher as the detective opened his eyes a little and said in a heavily sedated growl, “That’s some good heroin.”
He looked around the room and Veto got his attention back. “Did you get our ounce of heroin out of the evidence locker room?”
“Yeah…I got it…I just don’t know where it is…”
Veto pulled out a loaded syringe from his pocket and handed it to the detective. “You look like shit detective. You’re fucking up. You probably left our ounce of heroin in your Crown Vic we found you nodding out in at the In’n Out right across from the evidence locker. We had to rescue your ass. What if one of your detective brothers saw you while getting some lunch?”
Chuco said, “They all do dope. The cops, the parole officers, probably even half of the churches and some of the preachers. I used to sell dope to a preacher in Riverside until I found out he was a piece of shit that let pregnant women get high. If one of his cop brothers would have seen him nodding out they probably would have tried to buy some of his dope.”
Detective Pincher shook his head at the thought and found a vein an inch away from the obviously abused bluish scar where he’d been plunging the needle lately and plunged a fresh potion. His eyes popped wide open. “What the fuck did you give me? That’s not heroin. I feel wired!”
Veto laughed, “That’s some of the best speed on the planet. You need to tighten up your program before you get busted. Let’s go get my heroin out of your car and I’ll give you some more speed to help you keep your job and stay out of rehab.”
Chuco smiled. “You’re going to be super cop now.”
Veto and Chuco blindfolded Pincher and walked to the Town car in the garage. Veto said, “Pincher you’re not going to catch any of my homeboys slipping dressed in that Hawaii 5-0 shirt with that cop mustache.”
“Don’t worry about that Veto; I don’t plan on catching any of your homeboys. Just keep paying me off and I won’t have to put a toe tag on any of em.”
~ JT Kalnay
"Three intricate plots tell three separate stories that ultimately intersect in a not-for-Hollywood ending. The story is replete with drug culture and prison culture and police culture. Instead of some fictionalized or romanticized version of any of the cultures, there are just 'been there done that' accounts that leave no doubt that this is a world none of us ever want to encounter. There are no heroes in this book, there are only real people who face real problems and deal with them in real ways the only way they know how. The social and political commentary is delivered the same way as the fights, and the loving; full-on, live or die. This is a binary book, you are going to love it, or you are going to hate it."
I love this book. The character build and action discription is amazing! Rarely does an author capture such emotion like Glen has. El Diablo is captivating, B.J the main personality is memorable to say the least. If you want to read a book that has it all? Then UPON RELEASE will not disappoint.Congratulations!!!
Alex Le Soum
This is an autobiographical story which tells it like it is. Be prepared for strong language and true life scenes. This book pulls no punches.
This was a great read, uncompromising with the truth, but at the same time quite emotional in places. The author's protectiveness of his girlfriend and reflections on his faith were woven expertly through the hard hitting drama, and these themes helped preserve the humanity of the story, which might otherwise have been too gritty and violent.
Upon Release is an inspirational sequel to "Roll Call". BJ is out of prison and is in a Catch-22 situation; he can't get a job because of his felonies, and he needs a job in order to stay at the shelter. But through it all, he and his girlfriend Annette maintained their faith in God; despite the struggles of trying to adjust on the outside, and all the roadblocks they encountered. Together, they take on "The War on Drugs" and the "Criminal Justice System". This is an amazing piece of work; a wonderful storyline and well put together. I personally salute the author for his ambitions and his hard work.