Publication: Random House, 1969, New York
First edition. Author's first book. Inscribed twice by the author. Once on the front fly leaf, "To ... ... This is the book that started me on a life of crime. Best regards, Joe Gores." And again on the half title page, "To ... .... This is the first one-- got me off the streets and into the book store. Warmest regards, Joe Gores, October '85." Fine copy in dust jacket with tiny rub to top corner point of front panel. "The gang was restless, just looking for some idle fun, when they roughed up a man they thought was a homosexual. The game got out of hand; their victim was blinded. It was Paula Halstead's bad luck to witness the attack and to catch a glimpse of one of the boys. He knows they must track her down and somehow or other make her keep her mouth shut. They find her alone in the house and, in their mindless way, decide that a gang rape would guarantee her silence." Edgar Award Winner for Best First Novel of 1969.
Inventory Number: 35851