Never before published, this final, unfinished novel from the author of Native Son and Black Boy was written during a six-week period near the end of his life—an important addition to Richard Wright's body of work, submitted by his daughter and literary executor Julia. She writes: "It comes from his guts and ends at the hero's 'breaking point.' It explores many themes favored by my father like guilt and innocence, the difficult relationship between the generations, the difficulty of being a black policeman and father, the difficulty of being both those things and suspecting that your own son is the murderer. It intertwines astonishingly modern themes for a novel written in 1960."
"A prescient examination of the generational and class conflicts that await black Americans as they move from the margins of society into the cultural mainstream."—Washington Post