Sam Herold, a thirty-odd year old Viet vet hates with obsessive irrationality Harry Bross -- a minor rightwing LA politico...

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Sam Herold, a thirty-odd year old Viet vet hates with obsessive irrationality Harry Bross -- a minor rightwing LA politico whose face constantly appears on his TV screen. Both this and a minor fantasy of himself as exile/martyr serve to explain his rather reluctant and temporary association with an unnamed and vaguely mysterious radical cadre for whom (more or less) he assassinates Bross. The only kick is that neither his friends nor the cops believe he really pulled the trigger; the crime is attributed to a friend of Sam's named Ed -- a freaked-out rock drummer who is murdered by the pigs in the course of ""resisting arrest."" This simply written comic tale of an odd kind of mistaken identity gains strength by the refusal of the author to attribute stereotyped responses to his protagonist, who adopts then drops the life and ideas of an outlaw as casually as someone else might go to the movies. A quirky, interesting novel by the author of Jesus Christus.

Pub Date: April 24, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harper & Row

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974