BLOCKBUSTER by Gerald Green


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Blockbuster, any way you look at it, is one of those long, pro-forma work-ups about what happens when Rudy Dukes, who had done two years, is hired to get rid of the tenants in a New York apartment house quickly and harassment proceeds from a dead dog to a bomb thrown to an apartment vandalized. The tenants, a predictable melting pot mishmash, include an architect and his pregnant wife, a black schoolteacher, a Puerto Rican and his Italian wife, and an elderly German Jew who lives to see history repeating itself in this form of violence. The tenants group together in a losing action. Mr. Green has no doubt recorded yet another phase of urban ugliness with a little civic conscience but his heart's not in it as it was in To Brooklyn with Love and he's a long way from the storytelling propulsion of The Last Angry Man.

Pub Date: May 26th, 1972
Publisher: Doubleday