A shadow play with ideological clichÉs of the late Sixties. What could have been a moving exploration of the plight of a...

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A shadow play with ideological clichÉs of the late Sixties. What could have been a moving exploration of the plight of a grieving man battered by a gratuitous attack on all he had loved and held sacred, moulders early on into interminable invective put forth by characters permanently glued to their podiums. Newsman Vic, whose son Lee died a Marine hero in Vietnam, sets out to track down ""Gloat,"" author of the hate mail which ridiculed Lee as ""the dead punk who died for NOTHING."" Vic's icy sleuthing leads to the ""new Left"" enclave at a local college. He's after ""the Weatherman types, the SDS bunch, the protesters and organizers and picketers. . . all the pillheads and marijuana users, etc., etc."" Therefrom arises Hollis Young, Vic's female contact with the underworld. ""You slit our throats with your eyes,"" vibrates jabberwocky Hollis, ""You mangle us!"" As Vic doses in on his target, he loses his job because of his militant stance against the mind-burners and bra-bombers, withdraws from his suffering wife, stalks and burgles evidence by night. But he is rescued by blind chance from the final violence--to mourn for all fathers of sons dead by drugs as well as bullets. Death Wish fantasized on yesterday's battlefield.

Pub Date: July 8, 1977

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1977