"Get it straight right now: these aren't kids playing games of war. They mean business. They are junior-grade killers and public enemies one through five thousand..."
In Rusty Santoro's neighborhood, the kids carry knives, chains, bricks. Broken glass. And when they fight, they fight dirty, leaving the streets littered with the bodies of the injured and the dead. Rusty wants out - but you can't just walk away from a New York street gang. And his decision may leave his family to pay a terrible price.
First published more than half a century ago and inspired by the author's real-life experience going undercover inside a street gang, Web of the City was Harlan Ellison's first novel and marked the long-form debut of one of the most electrifying, unforgettable, and controversial voices of 20th century letters.
Appearing here for the first time together with three thematically related short stories Ellison wrote for the pulp magazines of the 1950s, Web of the City offers both a snapshot of a lost era and a portrait of violence and grief as timely as today's most brutal headlines.
About the Author
Harlan Ellison is a pop culture legend now fully entered in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1934. He has written over 1,700 stories, essays, and newspaper columns, more than 70 books, and 100 films and TV episodes, and has won countless awards. He has written stories in bookshop windows, toured with the Rolling Stones, and worked as a voiceover artist. He now lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
Date of Birth:May 27, 1934
Date of Death:June 28, 2018
Place of Birth:Cleveland, OH
Place of Death:Los Angeles, CA
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The plot of 'Web of the City' is static and episodic, and the pacing lags between the fight scenes. There are also language problems: the Puerto Rican gang slang may well be authentic but it 'reads' contrived. In spite of this, 'Web' is more enjoyable than the current vogue of rediscovered 'gems' of 50s noir novels by Jim Thompson or David Goodis. This novel has glimmers of Ellison's future greatness. My favorite line is at the end of Chapter 6: 'The past screamed and Rusty heard.'