"'Sordid, pathetic, senselessly exciting...has the immediacy - and the significance - of a nerve-shattering explosion' New Republic 'Were it not in its physical details so carefully documented, it would be lurid beyond itself' The Nation 'Language is not minced in this short novel which presents life in its most brutal aspect' Saturday Review of Literature"
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About the Author
Horace McCoy was born near Nashville, Tennessee in 1897. During his lifetime he travelled all over the US as a salesman and taxi-driver, and his varied career included reporting and sports editing, acting as bodyguard to a politician, doubling for a wrestler, and writing for films and magazines. A founder of the celebrated Dallas Little Theatre, his novels include I Should Have Stayed Home (1938), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1948), and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935), which was made into a film. He died in 1955.