Madball Author:Fredric Brown MADBALL. . . It was only cheap glass, a fraud, a come-on for the suckers who paid Doc Magus to gaze into its depths and tell them tomorrow would be better. And Doc--a decent man, a smart man--pitied them. Yet tonight, even Doc had to believe the Madball. There as nothing left to lead him to the money--enough money to spring him free of the rauco... more »us, sordid world of the pitchmen and the pickled punks, the cotton candy and the kewpie dolls--and the belly dancers who needed him for all-night alibis.
Doc was shrewd, but not quite shrewd enough. Someone else knew about the $42,000--a specialist in death, who was only yards away. . .
MADBALL is a novel of one traveling show, and of the lives of its carneys, who live to close to the edge of frenzy.