by Kim Wozencraft
Plumbing the secrets of cop shop and cellblock alike. Wozencraft writes with equal authority and pathos about their opposing worlds. Diane, an unjustly imprisoned Texas cop who compares her job to being in a gang—"you hang out wearing your colors and drive around looking for trouble"—plots escape with her cellmate Gail, a one-time nonviolent revolutionary. Many inmates are misguided young women busted as drug mules working for their men; others are just unlucky. "When the enormity of prison, of doing time, hit them," Wozencraft writes, "they did the crash-and-burn thing. Some got suicidal. Some got hysterical. Most, like Diane, wept. Some for hours, some for days."
Wozencraft, who chronicled her own descent from cop to con in the book and film Rush, is chilling in her descriptions of life on the inside as well as on the lam. Though it ends abruptly and leaves the fate of a pivotal character hanging, Wanted is a deftly told jailbreak caper that provokes thought—and goose bumps.