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He should have just shot him—no talk, no knock-down, no thinking. Now, too many people were watching. He heard a siren in the distance. Maybe it wasn’t for him, or maybe someone had already called the cops— Jamal looked up the road, saw the Camry had pulled into an empty space curbside. It was too far to run. And he didn’t want to leave empty-handed. Okay, you didn’t kill the guy but you can bounce with the car. He could still score points by leading the cops to the Embarcadero and putting the Rover in the bay, or maybe driving it into the hot new lounge of the Phoenix Hotel— Shoving the gun back in his waistband, Jamal jumped into the Rover, slammed the door, and stomped on the gas.

So what’s the story here? ” “Carjacking that went a little south,” Jack told her. ” “Some fool EMTs went in and got him,” Drabinsky said. He had been pacing back and forth, eyeballing the crash. “They’ve got him at General. I don’t know anything else. ” Max asked. Her questions weren’t just for her own information; she was running sound and the bites were often invaluable. ” Drabinsky asked. ” He shrugged. “If they have, no one’s told me. We’re just the garbage collectors. ” “Charming,” Max said.

Not just the skin color but the arrogance, the strut. He reminded Jamal of the movies he’d seen on YouTube of blacks in the 1960s, flexing their new legal rights, amped up by the power of numbers, ready for payback after centuries of being second-class. ” Jamal asked. ” Leon shot him a frown. “This ain’t about the car. It’s about—” “I know what it’s about,” Jamal said. ” Leon shook his head. Jamal continued to look out the window. What this was about was Jamal and Leon trying to get the rest of the Sawyer Street crew to take Jamal seriously.

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