Sunday, 11 January 2015

FOUR BOYS a GIRL and a GUN - Willard Weiner

"The story of a street gang in a big city's slum"


AVON BOOKS 292
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTING 1951
SPECIALLY REVISED AND EDITED
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY THE DIAL PRESS AS 'FOUR BOYS AND A GUN' 1944

A Vivid and Powerful Picture of Juvenile Delinquency
Johnny Doyle came from Irish immigrants. Benny's folks came from Poland. Tony's parents from Italy. Yet, they were neighbors in the slums of America-side by side with Eddie Richards, of old "American stock." Together they learned that poverty is no respecter of ancestry, that to the brutal and bold belong the rewards-in life and in love-and they patterned their ways after the city jungle's rule of tooth and claw.

Love they took as they found it, money was to be had at pistol point...until blunder and panic pulled the trigger that brought their stark activities into the grim light of a pitiless society. FOUR BOYS, A GIRL AND A GUN is a sensational and dramatic revelation of juvenile delinquency in the "great American melting pot" of the big city slums.

This book was also made into a film in 1957 based on the original book Four Boys and a Gun, it was made by Security Pictures and distributed by United Artists.

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