- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; 1st edition (19 July 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0434817082
- ISBN-13: 978-0434817085
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,069,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Krumnagel Hardcover – 19 Jul 1971
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It also shows distinctly the difference between the conservative European and the fast-forward american cultures. An american cop finds himself on the wrong side of the law in a small English town for something which would be dismissed as an aberration in America. He starts serving his sentence in all earnestness. When he is transferred to an 'open' prison with ample scope to escape, (coz someone wants him to), he refuses to take a chance, as he starts enjoying the new life in prison. Then, one day, something snaps and nothing is the same again...he escapes to return home, to an america in turbulence, and decides to make a statement....with a bullet....
A must read....
Krumnagel himself is not a particularly sympathetic character, but by the end of the book you find yourself rooting for him - simply because the rest of the cast are so much worse! I won't spoil the ending, but I didn't see it coming, which is always a bonus. Some parts of the book felt more dated than others, but the underlying theme of misunderstandings between two cultures that share a common language, but at times little else, still has relevance even in the internet age.
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