Books: Tabloid Novel

LITTLE MEN, BIG WORLD (308 pp.)—W. R. Burnetf—Knopf ($3).

In a way, Arky had made good. From the scorching cotton fields of Arkansas he had moved into the rich, tough mob that ran the rackets of a Midwestern city. Now he could wear tailored suits, fondle thick rolls of money, enjoy the taste of power over men. That seemed real success to him.

Arky got into the gang almost on a fluke. Up for a manslaughter charge, he drew unexpected mercy from Judge Greet, who made him his chauffeur. To Arky's surprise, Judge Greet, admired civic leader, was also the local racket boss....

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