According to the back cover blurb, the book "is not only a high tension story of crime and violence. It is also the important story of what happens when thugs, gangsters and degenerates take over a small American town." Sure it is. But mostly it's about crime and violence. Check out the cover. Lew gets the crap kicked out of him several times, most memorably by the cops. And of course there's some gratuitous sex with an early '50s attitude that many of you might find appalling. Worth a look if you like the old paperbacks and aren't too bothered by that kind of thing, though. Not great, but it's so short you can read it in an hour or a bit more, so you don't have a lot to lose. Check it out.