"Teen-Age Violence-and Adult Vice"
AVON BOOKS T-162
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTING 1957
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS 'LIFE AND DEATH OF A TOUGH GUY'
Out of slum back alleys and the violent sandlots of Hell's Kitchen came young Joey Case-
an ordinary, decent kid who might have been your neighbors' son one year...suddenly turned vicious mobster, "lady's man," and brutal killer the next.
With unflinching honesty, yet depth and compassion as well, one of the truly big writers of our day now tells his story-as timely and terrifying as tomorrow's headlines-the story of a kid who made murder his chosen career...
"THE BEST ACCOUNT YET IN THE FORM OF A NOVEL OF A DEBASING PHASE OF OUR HISTORY..."