Syndic versus Mob!
The Syndic operated as a sort of gigantic protective league in what had once been the states east of the Mississippi. Here was a totally hedonistic society—moral inhibitions had gone the way of the horse. (Polo was played in jeeps with 50-calibre machine guns.) The hopelessly corrupt old North American government had been driven literally into the sea, but make occasional forays onto the mainland from bases on the coastal fringes of a Europe that had returned to the Dark Ages….
West of the Mississippi was Mob territory, a society whose entire system of values was totally opposed to the Syndic. Here morality ruled with an iron hand. When a wave of assassinations broke out in New York, it was clearly time to take action against the Mob!
2nd paperback edition of the 5th novel by Cyril Kornbluth. Originally serialized in Science Fiction Adventures, 12/53 & 3/54