Books: Mixed Fiction, Oct. 20, 1958

THE LONG NIGHT, by Julian Mayfield (156 pp.; Vanguard; $3.50), puts a ten-year-old Negro boy through a Harlem wringer during one long night and shows him at dawn emotionally dry behind the ears. The kid's name is Frederick Brown, but he prefers to be called by his gang name: Steely. He is a 2nd lieutenant in the Junior Comanche Raiders, reads Superman comics and numbers Jackie Robinson among his heroes.

When The Long Night begins for Steely, his father has walked out on his family. But on this day, Mamma has hit it lucky playing...