In the genre originated by James Cain and continued by others, this is a hard as nails, hellbent little number about a youngster turned criminal. Nick, whose fatherless childhood forced his mother to whore to support him, gets a bad start on the streets, is a willing accessory in a holdup which ends in a shooting, and finds himself wanted for murder. Picked up by a nice girl, Peg, Nick hides at her house, bullies her family into silence, but is at times softened by his feeling for Peg- who loves him in spite of his guilt. Edgy, volatile, uncontrolled, Nick decides to leave and take Peg with him. Her family try to stop her, and crazy with fear, Nick rapes her and Peg knifes him in self-defense. Qualifies in this medium for voltage and vernacular, but is in no way superior.