STREET 8 by Douglas Fairbairn


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Rougher than Shoot (1973), this is a sex-and-violence pronged transaction taking place in Miami's Little Havana, no safe place to be. Gringo Bobby Mead has a used car lot on Calle Ocho, Street 8, while he lives in a crummy room in an old house full of old people. Bobby hardly makes a sale after the anti-Castro terrorists move in on his territory, killing his night man, and finally appropriating his garage as a bomb factory. Car hustler Mead's self-destructive way of life is hard to explain. Can it be justified as penance for his relationship with his daughter Sara, Sara whom he raped when she was fourteen, Sara who's now all strung out, a stray cat ""going on dead"" at seventeen, Sara who loves him just as much as he loves her? Can Street 8 be justified on any terms--beyond the fact that you stay all geared up?

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Delacorte