Books: Big-City Documentary

TOMBOY (215 pp.) — Hal Ellson —Scribner ($2.75).

Life in the Harps, a teen-age Manhattan slum gang, was as rigidly hierarchical as in a primitive tribe. When the president wanted to issue a command, his personal stooge called the gang to attention by shouting "Time! Time!" If a fellow had his initials scratched on the arm of a deb (a girl member), no other Harp was allowed to touch her until she formally declared that she was through with him. Modeling themselves after such movie heroes as Alan Ladd ("The way he beats his women! He stomps them"), the Harps treated their...

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