New York: Trident Press, 1966.
Fertig is an accountant, married to Sarah, with a steady job. He leads an ordinary life until their son, Stevie, born late in their marriage, dies because the hospital will not admit him. Fertig decides that anyone who has in any way contributed to the death of his son must die. On a late fall day, one year later, seven people are murdered in different parts of the city. Fertig confesses, without remorse, and is anxious for a trial to begin. An aging and reactionary judge is convinced that Fertig must be found sane and executed as an example to strengthen the sagging moral fiber of the country. Roy Bleakie, a young lawyer, defends Fertig for his own political motives.
… the impact of the book is tremendous. Indeed Fertig and Bleakie could well be termed modern counterparts to Dostoevsky's inspector and Raskolnikov.
—New York Times
One of the fiercest and most effective satires to come out of America in a decade.
Sol Yurick's knowledge of the sometimes alarming working of the American judicial system, the political graft, the personal vendettas is encyclopedic... and his criticism by implication of a society in which one's chances of medical survival depend upon one's ability to pay, is damning.