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Kody Scott (a.k.a. Shanyika Shakur) published his bestselling book, Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, in 1993.
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In March 2007, Scott landed on the city's most-wanted gang members list for allegedly breaking into the home of an acquaintance and beating him in order to steal his car. He was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, and received a possible third strike that could have sent him back to prison for life. In May 2008, however, he pleaded no contest to the charges, and was sentenced to just six years in state prison. That same year he published his first work of fiction, T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. A movie about his life is also currently in the works.
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More than 30,000 gangs plague American streets, wreaking havoc from Los Angeles to New York. This violent subculture floods cities with drug traffic, extortion, and even weapons trading. But some members stand apart from others for their fearless attitudes and business savvy. From Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, one of Harlem's biggest drug king pins, to Kody "Monster" Scott, a member of L.A.'s Crips gang by the age of 13, these notorious gangsters have become legendary for rising to the top of their organizations by pushing the limits, no matter the cost.
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