"A tough teen-ager in search of manhood"
ACE BOOKS H317
FIRST ACE EDITION 1960
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY RUPERT HART-DAVIS AS "THE DOG STAR"
The atmosphere of Let Me Alone seems unimpeachably authentic; the family for whom Blackie feels mingled affection and repulsion, the neighbourhood boys who seem to him pathetically feeble compared to the dead hero, the girl to whom he behaves with savage and unmeaning violence - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
A boy of fifteen, an American whose ideal is to be tough and indifferent, makes Let Me Alone a nightmare of sultry heat - THE GUARDIAN
It has the eternal validity of legend : it delineates a truth that is too powerful to be a cliche against a background that is too mean to be anything else - THE LISTENER