by Richard S. Prather
Hard Case Crime
First published in 1952, this book tells the story of a young,
Although this book is terribly dated, especially in lieu of the meteoric rise of legal pornography in the later 60s and 70s, it still paints a very brutal and authentic account of modern day flesh-peddlers. Tony’s blind ambition is his Achilles Heel and reading through this tale, I was reminded of all the terrific gangster movies of old, ala SCARFACE and LITTLE CEASAR.
THE PEDDLER still stands up today as a gripping story of crime, immorality and the illusionary good life it promises but seldom delivers.