RAFFERTY by Bill S. Ballinger


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The postmortem on policeman Rafferty, N.Y. City Homicide, fills in some unanswered questions on the blotter and follows his obsessive craze- for a tramp- with raw intensity. For Rafferty, when he falls in love with Rose Pauli (whose husband is doing time for a $75,000 theft) confuses her desire for gentility and security with what he can buy for her. Bribery and theft oil the way to murder, and while he loses Rose, he continues his fevered search for the seventy-five grand which will buy them a limitless peace and security- until death alone can stop the spiral of deteriorations ... There's a shoddy brutality here- but a definite excitement.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1953
Publisher: Harper