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New York and London: Harper and Brothers Publishers, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. The author's first book. Written when the author was a serviceman in the Marines the story has themes of racial bigotry and anti-Semitism and centers on homophobia and murder. Source for the noir film "Crossfire" (1947), which changed the theme to anti-semitism. Brooks wrote two more novels and had a very successful career in the film industry as a writer, director and producer. Hubin, p. 106. Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir, 85. Silver and Ward (eds.), Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (3rd edition), pp. 73-74. Johnson, The Dark Page, p. 34.