A previously published novelette from 1954.
It has all the hallmarks of a Spillane tale. The tough guy hero that gets pushed around. Until he wants it to stop.
Quite enjoyed this tale of young Joe Boyle assailed from all sides. Two groups of mobsters want him, the cops want him, and all to learn the identity of a killer named Vetter, in town to take out somebody. Joe had delivered the message to one hood and no one believed he didn't know the killer.
There's also a woman that Joe has fallen for, and she with him, that's being threatened.
Spillane is a long time favorite writer and I don't understand why so many don't like his writing. I have a few friends that fall into that category. Just don't get it.