COMPULSION Author:Meyer Levin A CRIME FAR WORSE THAN MURDER — Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner were two near-genius college students from socially prominent families. One day they kidnapped and killed a small boy...for fun. They mutilated the body to conceal its identity and its sex. They tried to collect a ransom. And they were caught. — COMPULSION — is the best-selling novel ab... more »out a monstrous crime...the terrible sexual obsession that led to it...and the sensational trial that followed.
probes the lives of the young murderers: Artie, the leader-ruthless driven by hate. Judd, the follower-unsure of his identity, unconvinced of his manhood. Meyer Levin bares their secret fears and the strange destructive need that bound them to each other. He tells how they killed. And why. His novel spares the reader nothing.
"STARTLING, ENLIGHTENING, AND FASCINATING...A masterly achievement in literary craftsmanship."-The New York Times
"A book which can take its place with Dreiser's American Tragedy."-New York Herald Tribune« less