By Julian Gloag

First released in 1967, it is a story of Jordan Maddox who has so disciplined his personal feelings that he has, actually, little touch with existence: detached, he not responds to the indicators of love-even of desperation- from those who find themselves just about him.

Suddenly he unearths himself accused of mur­der.

At first he reacts frivolously. it sort of feels to him an absurd, virtually an a laugh, mistake. To his spouse, his neighbors, his very loss of ardour is facts of his innocence. yet to the police, Maddox is the in charge guy. At their arms he's relentlessly stripped of his invulnerability.

Imprisoned, by myself, ignoring the insistent calls for of his personal security, he units out to discover his as far back as existence. within the stories of his formative years and within the act of dying and vio­lence of which he stands accused, Maddox submits himself to a much more an important, way more agonizing trial than the single within which he ap­pears on a daily basis because the defendant. For his actual trial is that of a guy making an attempt, for the 1st time, might be too overdue, to just accept the responsi­bilities of living.

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