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Publisher's Summary

Bruno Bicek, "Lefty," is a prizefighter and small-time hood in Chicago. Boxing is his ticket to escape hard times and gang life, but when Bruno doesn't prevent the brutal gang rape of his girlfriend, Steffi, it tears them apart, their worlds changed forever. Bruno is sent to jail and Steffi to a brothel governed by the brutality of a local crime boss, The Barber. Sinister and dark, The Barber controls Steffi and has no intention of letting her go. Why should he, when he holds all the cards? Bruno and Steffi, who dream of breaking free, learn this in the end and find that for them there will be no bright morning.
©1987 the Estate of Nelson Algren; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The best book to come out of Chicago." (Ernest Hemingway)
"An unusual book and a brilliant book." (New York Times)
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