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Erskine Fowler, an insurance executive forced by corporate intrigue into the long holiday of retirement, becomes enmeshed in a weekend of bizarre and bloody circumstances that reveal his troubled psyche and desperation. Naked and accidentally locked out of his apartment, he inadvertently causes a boy to fall to his death. Driven by guilt and by a compulsion to conceal his involvement, Fowler befriends the boy's mother. Yet his self-destructive rages to redeem himself lead to mayhem. This is Richard Wright's only published work with no black characters. He was unsure about how his readers would react to this bravely experimental novel. Shying away from the racial problem he depicted in his other works, he writes here a riveting study in psychological fiction. It deserves to be regarded anew as work from a master.
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Wright's dazzling novel of murder and misadventureFrom Library Journal:
Wright diverted from his usual subjects in this 1954 novel, which is his only creation to feature all white characters. In addition, rather than depicting racial injustice, the book is essentially a psychological thriller.
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Book Description Chatham Bookseller, 1975. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9144391
Book Description Chatham Bookseller, Chatham, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. A very good copy of the hard cover edition, lacking a dust-jacket. Previous owner's name in ink atop front free endpaper with embossed bookplate to base of dedication as well, else the text is wholly unmarked, pristine, and the binding bright and fresh in appearance. A lovely copy. Seller Inventory # 013134
Book Description Chatham Bookseller, U.S.A., 1975. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Very good condition. Like new. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 095454