The conclusion of the story of Studs Lonigan, would-be-tough, of Chicago's South Side. The story takes up the thread of The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, when, broken in health and depressed at the changes in the ranks of his friends, he decides on matrimony and a job. But fate intervenes. Can stand alone though more understandable if read with the other two. For the readers who like ""phonographic accuracy"" and ""uncompromising realism"" -- conservatives beware.