Alex Penn, former teacher of history although there's nothing in this background to remotely suggest it, comes out of prison after a homicide to black out in a hotel room with another dead girl of the streets. This livid tracer in which he rightly suspects he's been used extends from his family and friends of the past to another girl who'd known the casualty, a junkie, a connection, etc. . . . Adults only, men first, paperbacks inevitably.