The Golden Spike by Hal Ellson (Ballantine 2 – 1952)

The Golden Spike by Hal Ellson

The Golden Spike by Hal Ellson

This is a drug addict. He is 16. This angry novel tells his story with truth and compassion.

From the reeking slums of the big city, from the twilight world of escape-hungry junkies, comes this novel of tormented adolescents – neglected by society, victimized by ruthless dope peddlers.

Mr. Ellson tells this story with anger and compassion – with deep insight and heartbreaking honesty.

A paperback original first edition. Ballantine published a hardcover edition simultaneously, resulting in paperback & hardcover true first editions.

Title: The Golden Spike
Author: Hal Ellson
Imprint & Number: Ballantine 2
Cover price: 35¢
Publication date: 1952
Cover artist: Robert Maguire
ISBN: none

Gary Lovisi’s Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide has this edition valued between $10 and $130, depending on condition.

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