Sunday, 10 April 2016

TOO LATE TO MEND - THOMAS RAINHAM

A story of teenage thuggery in London's East End


ARROW BOOKS 502
FIRST ARROW EDITION 1958
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY HURST & BLACKETT LTD 1957

Smithy was a young thug who absorbed every bad influence and rejected every good one; at his school in London's East End he was in a special class for 'incorrigibles'-a class of hoodlums as ignorant and vicious as himself. When he leaves at fifteen, his sinister values are already formed. All he wants is easy money to spend on clothes and girls. From petty theft and fraud he graduates to robbery with violence; then, on the eve of his seventeenth birthday, comes disaster-he is involved in murder! Here is the horrifying story of young gangsters told with superb skill and deep feeling; you may dislike Smithy, but you will certainly not forget him.

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