(From the publisher):
It was Johnny Cade's last night in Wandsworth Gaol. It was a night of screaming, tortuous agony. For it was the night they worked him over - three of the most vicious tearaways in Wandsworth, big, brutish, sadistic and professional
They were the hired thugs of the Big Fellow and their job was to make Cade tell where he'd hidden the loot... those fifty thousand pounds he'd dreamt of for three wasted years...
But Johnny Cade didn't, wouldn't tell. For though they beat him to within an inch of his life Cade knew they could not afford to kill him.
So it was on Bank Holiday Monday, after three painful weeks spent in the prison hospital, that Johnny Cade walked out into freedom - and carried heart-lurching terror into the life of Julie Venner, the beautiful, dark-haired Brighton girl who'd been his partner in crime those four long years ago!
Though Johnny Cade didn't want to kill, it seemed inevitable that he must. The pressure seemed overwhelming. And he did.
Three people died violent deaths that August weekend, before Cade achieved his objective.
And through the holiday crowds of Britain's popular seaside resort, Sexton Blake and Paula Dane dogged the reluctant gunman's footsteps...
W. Howard Baker extensively revised this episode and released it as the Richard Quintain novel Unfriendly Persuasion in 1964.
Original title: The Reluctant Gunman
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ General
- Sexton Blake Library # 506 - August 1962