Tight-tough-and chilling, this study in mania and homicide, as vicious and violent and brutal as you could imagine, even with a drilling in Cain and Hammett. It concerns a redheaded brute, Sam Wild, responsible for the death of a Reno whore and and a man -- and those who love him and tail him. Wild has married an heiress, Georgia, and her stepsister Helen, ""deadlier than the male"", spots Wild for what he is. The setting is San Francisco. The characters range from the underworld to the socialites. Gunn has compelling power, though his book is certainly tabu for the tender-minded.