New York: Library of America, 2021. First edition. Hardcover. 228pp. Octavo [21cm]. Maroon cloth over boards. Title stamped in copper on spine. New / new. Item #59843
"A major literary event: an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and police violence by the legendary author of 'Native Son' and 'Black Boy.'
Fred Daniels, a Black man, is picked up by the police after a brutal double murder and tortured until he confesses to a crime he did not commit. After signing a confession, he escapes from custody and flees into the city’s sewer system.
This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a masterpiece that Richard Wright was unable to publish in his lifetime."