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Journalist Mike Sager got inside Rodney King’s Hyundai and stayed with him and passengers Pooh and Freddie G. through the beating and beyond. He got bedside during Eazy-E’s last days. He fingered Rick James’ hair extensions long enough to know where they came from and where they’d been (short women, cocaine, cocaine in a closet). He tasted the worst sleaze of the ’80s and ’90s: John Holmes, Rob Lowe, and any number of other E! True Hollywood Story candidates. He even thanks Jerry Bruckheimer in the acknowledgments section of his debut anthology, Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock ’n’ Roll, and Murder. In short, Sager knows what sells, and even though his prose reads as if Tom Wolfe had given up literature to script a 3 a.m. basic-cable show, you’ll still come away jealous that he was in that Hyundai riding down the 210 and you weren’t. Sager speaks at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. (202) 785-1133. (Jason Cherkis)