Kings Row Author:Henry Bellamann The Secret Sins, The Hidden Depravity — This is the daring best seller that has shocked and fascinated millions of readers all over the world. It is the story of a town, Kings Row, whose peaceful exterior conceals a jungle of sin, brutality and lust--a town where... — - a beautiful girl is forced by her father into a hideous relationship — - a veng... more »eful lawyer commits a "legal" murder
- a sadistic surgeon deliberatly mutilates his daughter's lover
Finally, a young man, Parris Mitchell, dares to expose the secret corruption of Kings Row--and the town whispers that Parris, too, has a shameful secret.
Like Sinclair Lewis' MAIN STREET, this challenging novel of small-town life has become an American classic. Set against the vividly detailed backdrop of a midwestern town at the turn of the century, KINGS ROW unfolds the private lust and secret sins that flourish behind the tight mask of small-town respectability. It is a devastating portrait of middle-class morality, an indictment of small-town vulgarity, meanness and plain criminality -- a sensational picture.
(For the trivia buff ... this book was made into a motion picture in 1942 and one of the main actors in it was a fellow we would hear from later. In fact, he took one of his lines from the film as the title of his autobiography "Where's the Rest of Me?" The character's name was Drake McHugh. And the actor? A utility player named Ronald Reagan...)« less