"Culminates in one of the most explosive scenes in recent fiction."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
GOLD MEDAL s1061
THIRD PRINTING NOVEMBER 1960
GREENWICH, CONN, USA
The smell of stale bedrooms and warm gin hovered over that whole section of town. The women, even the young girls, walked a certain way, looked at men in a certain way.
There was a drifting threat of violence everywhere, and the kids of the neighborhood knew all about knives, garrison belts and bicycle chains long before they were pushed into high school by weary truant officers.