Malcolm Braly was born in Portland, Oregon in 1925. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, he began a life of theft. He was first sent to the Preston School of Industry near Redding, California, eventually spending the first 40 years of his life in and out of prisons, including Nevada State Prison, Folsom State Prison and San Quentin, where he wrote his first three novels.
Knox Burger of Gold Medal Books offered him a contract and inspired Braly to take control of his life. After his final release Braly married and settled in Roxbury, New York. After 15 years of freedom, he died in a car accident in 1980.
- Shake Him Till He Rattles / It’s Cold Out There
- A post-Beat tale set in San Francisco’s North Beach and the story of an ex-con trying to make it on the outside. Kurt Vonnegut called Braly’s On the Yard “surely the great American prison novel.” Ed Gorman called Shake Him “one of the best novels Gold Medal ever published.” Two underground classics back in print!