THE WAGES OF FEAR by Georges Arnaud


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A tense transcript of a one way journey, to an oil field in Guatemala, when the men who are hired to drive truckloads of nitroglycerine to extinguish a burning well now that it is a cargo of death they are carrying. From a group of dead-beats, alien, obless, homeless, four are chosen, among them Gerard Sturmer, to whom danger is a stimulus. And while Johnny, his partner, is gutted by the fear that is riding on their backs, Gerard is inflexible in his defiance of death and his determination to get through. He drives the truck across threatening sand and stone, frees it when it is mired in a crater, carries on alone when the others are killed, and reaches his destination, only to be cheated of his victory and his reckless resolve to live. The fever, and the fascination, of a grim gamble, this effects a close suspense and raw excitement.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Young