A Stainless Steel Rat is Born Author:Harry Harrison In some ways, 17 year old James Boliva diGriz was just like any other teenager. He had a keen appreciation for members of the opposite sex, gastronomic tastes that were easily satisfied at any automated Macswiney's fast food joint. . .he even shared the common teenage conviction that he was far more intelligent than his parents, teachers and th... more »e rest of the adult world. But in Jim's case that notions wasn't simply youthful conceit.
At an age when most people are without serious purpose or clear direction, Jim had already decided on his future. While other kids were just going through the motions of getting an education, he was stydying in earnest. For Jim had made up his mind to be a criminal - not just for the enourmous financial rewards, but also because he truly enjoyed the feeling of superiority that came with making other people look like chumps.« less