LITTLE MEN, BIG WORLD by W.R. Burnett

LITTLE MEN, BIG WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

That subterranean terrain which W. R. Burnett projects so effectively for another story of a crime cartel in a midwestern city which is threatened by the vigilance of Police Commissioner Stark, an incorruptible, and by the influx of some big boys from another city. Known as the Mover to the underworld, as Judge Greet-a political force - outside, it is the Mover who promotes Stark to the bench, exposes his criminal organization to another mob Center stage is Arky, a hayseed, who operates from the background as a bookie, is an unknown to the police and next in line to the Mover, and it is Arky who executes a reprisal when the Mover is killed, and his woman the victim of another bullet. Again a practised, precise dossier, shaded by humor and human vulnerability, but with not quite the excitement of The A Jungle

Pub Date: May 18th, 1951
Publisher: Knopf