(From the publisher):
Tough Guys Don't Cry
The call of quick money with the easy promise of women who wore mink was the beckoning sign on Mitch's horizon. Mitch had always had a way with a left jab that went far in the rackets. He was a smart boy, too, had good looks and was a smooth talker. And when the reformatory disgorged him, he found the old world of the "Amboy Dukes" as dead as Frank Abbot, one of the gang's members. Mitch resisted the pull of the past at first, but egged on by his former cronies, he felt his resistance drain away. Mitch had always been too much of a sucker for a pretty blonde. And as the past grew dim and fell away behind, he emerged hard and determined. Quickly he was singled out by the boys uptown for the big time. From there on in it was a greased path ahead and a fast incline downward.
Dorothy was the one girl who had ever made any sort of impression on Mitch, but he wouldn't let anyone pull him down. That's why Joyce appealed so much. She was easy come, easy go- with no strings attached. Mitch liked that part the best. In the bright and brittle world surrounding him, Mitch had caught the ring on the merry-go-round; he rode it free and fast now and in only one direction.
Original title: Cry Tough!
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)
- Sequel to "The Amboy Dukes".