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
Gary Lovisi’s Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide has this edition valued between $10 and $130, depending on condition.
- Robert Maguire (wingsart.net)
- I Take What I Want by Hal Ellson (Midwood, 1958) (vintagesleazepaperbacks.wordpress.com)
- Robert Maguire (1921 – 2005) (americangallery.wordpress.com)