A GRIPPING NOVEL OF YOUTH IN THE SLUMS
AVON BOOKS 183
AVON REPRINT EDITION 1948
NEW YORK, USA
COVER ART BY ANN CANTOR
Conflict, Romance and Tragedy in the Slums of Brooklyn
What makes a boy or girl go bad? Why do some of the boys and girls of our city slums succumb so quickly to moral decay? In this tensely realistic novel of slums and gangs, of bitter love and violent death, much of the bitter truth is unashamedly revealed.
In these pages we live and die with young "Honey" Halpern through his hot-blooded, tragic career. From his neglected boyhood in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, he rose to be trigger-man for Lupo's mob of thugs and poolroom racketeers. When his best friend was killed, Honey only lived for revenge-until a new passion entered his life. Beautiful Renee was, like himself, a slum product, a devil-may-care girl pushed around by life. It may be that he shouldn't have loved her, body and soul, the way he did. But like all men, Honey had a good side too, and this new love proved it even to himself.
In this arresting novel David Dortort has given us a searing picture of the conflict of love and evil-of passion and criminal violence-in the mind and heart of one young man. When you have read BURIAL OF THE FRUIT, you will probably say, as the noted journalist Gerald W. Johnson said, that it is truly "A powerful and beautiful piece of work."