A first novel and a promising one. Twin boys, orphaned when their radical father is killed by Red baiters, pursue careers in direct contrast. The big one, a mechanic by training, does a bit of sparring on the side, and eventually makes good and a fighter on the circuit. He has a protective attitude towards his brother out west, and sends him money to advance his musical aspirations. Eventually, he brings him on to St. Louis, and they fall foul of a terrific word battle and part. Too late the big 'un senses something wrong, and returns to find his little brother a suicide. There's a big fight at the close, very well done, from which the ""foolish giant"" emerges victorious -- and alone. Not another Of Mice and Men, but a robust, he-man story, in realistic vein.