This is a book that will appeal to those who started on Fitzgerald and followed through to O'Hara, and who demand the best in that particular genre. It is even tougher than O'Hara; there's son of James Cain's sadistic side; it is a full- blooded job, written in a virile, vital, prose style which makes a terrific impact. A ""bare, transcripted tale of youth"", such a youth as you might meet in any middle-sized town (though Fort Worth is the setting). There are country clubs, swimming pools, dollar conscious fathers and culture conscious mothers, with their ""inheritors"" who ""don't even like themselves"". They are a well-groomed, well-educated, surface smooth group, dividing their time between sex and drinks, with a bit of arson and rat hunting thrown in. Not a pretty story at all, but it has humor and imagination and vitality. Sell judiciously and leave it out of public libraries.