Otto Penzler and the Mystery Writers of America Present A Time of Predators by Joe Gores, winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel
The gang was restless, just looking for idle fun. They roughed up a man they thought was a homosexualbut their game got out of hand and their victim was blinded.
It was Paula Halstead's bad luck to witness the attack and catch a glimpse of one of the boys. After they got through with her, she killed herself.
The police have no leads and can't find the culprits. Paula's husband hires a private investigator to do what the police haven't been able to-with no success.
Curt Halstead refuses to give up; he will have his vengeance on the men who raped and tortured his wife, even if it means entering into their world of sex, violence, and murder.
About the Author
Joe Gores is the author of the acclaimed DKA series of street-level crime and detection, as well as the stunning suspense novels Dead Man and Menaced Assassin. Born in 1931, he served in the U.S. Army writing biographies of generals at the Pentagon, was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Stanford, and spent twelve years as a San Francisco private investigator. The author of dozens of novels, screenplays, and television scripts, he has won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards and Japan's Maltese Falcon Award. He lives in northern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Joe Gores'first novel is a winner. It grabbed the Edgar Award for Best First Novel of 1970. It is a very hard hitting, eye opening story of the transformation of a middle aged college professor, who's wife commits suicide after being raped in her home, by a gang of teenage predators. The professor, at first unaware of his wife's rape, tries unsuccessfully to get the police to conduct a thorough investigation of his wife's death. The book follows his transformation in gut wrenching scenes as he struggles with his wife's death, his search for her killers and his own predatory instincts. A great read.
Thirty-six years old Paula Halstead met Rockwell on the bus because both of them were holding brochures to the opening of the San Francisco Spring Opera. At the Greyhound Station, she waits for her spouse Curt to arrive while Rockwell walks towards a car. A gang of four drunken teens on a lark viciously attack the blond. Paula pleads with them to stop, but they don¿t until Curt arrives. They flee the scene, but leave behind a blinded victim; Paula pukes up her guts at the horrific sight. Rick Dean realizes Paula could identify him and his associates. They learn she is the wife of Los Feliz University anthropology Professor Curtis Halstead. The quartet plan to insure she says nothing so they obtain her home address and pay a visit. They viciously beat her, threaten her, and rape her. When they leave, unable to cope she slashes her wrists.--- The cops fail him so Curt knows he must find, torture, and execute the four punks who destroyed his life. He hires a PI who meets with no success either. Curt concludes he must descend to the underbelly of society to confront the killers on their terms, which he obsessively is determined to do.--- This is a reprint of an award winning 1969 tale that holds up quite nicely though feels like a historical. The story line is character driven whether it is Rick, Curt or Paula, but within an action-packed dark plot. The then rookie Joe Gores showcased a pessimistic San Franciscan society with his no SF elements version of Clockwork Orange meets Hammett.--- Harriet Klausner