“I’ll tell you what he is,” the boy said. “He’s twice the man you are.”
“Maybe so. But you’re not half the man either of us ever was.”
This highly-regarded tale from Bill Pronzini has got a lot of punch packed into the few pages that comprise its fist.
Historical verisimilitude, well-limned characters, and a bit of the masterful O. Henry twist to bring it home.
A highly regarded tale, and rightly so.