Sanford is a supreme master at squeezing the last drop of terror and excitement out of a sordid, savage situation. The story sweeps along with an ugly force that will send sensitive souls in search of smelling salts. Pittsburgh Post-GazetteA trio of vicious World War One veterans descend on the farm in the Adirondack mountains where one of them grew up and his father now lives alone. They embark on happily wreaking drunken havoc at the old man's place and in the nearby town. But when a naive, mail-order bride arrives, she ignites a tinderbox of resentment, lust, and betrayal among the men that explodes in brutal depravity, bloody violence and shocking death.This hard-boiled, literary masterpiece, back in print for the first time in sixty years, includes a new introduction by Jack Mearns, author of John Sanford: An Annotated BibliographyPreviously published as The Hard Guys and filmed as the 1971 motion picture My Old Man's Place.A robust tale of violence, lust, treachery and murder Columbus DispatchA good, exciting story told with menacing simplicity. Baltimore SunA first-rate piece of swift-moving and dramatic story-telling in restrained and effective modern American prose. New York TimesIn an era of brutal fiction, The Old Man's Place will take a prize for brutality. Sanford writes well. He has a talent for it. He is vivid, realistic, skillful, dramatic. Cleveland Plain Dealer
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