Sutton, Henry (Pseudonym of David R. Slavitt) Author's third novel. Thought provoking, absorbing, vastly good entertainment. An accidental spillage of virus at a chemical and biological warfare installation in Utah and a lethal spray is scattered on an isolated mountain town. What sets the novel apart, what makes it impossible to put down, is the story of what the governme...more
Mass Market Paperback, Dell #9388, 320 pages
Published November 1971 by Dell Books (NY)
(first published 1970)
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Feb 27, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Slavitt fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This book is interesting on two counts. First, it is a realistic portrayal of what our government would do to its own citizens to contain an accident of its own making. Second, it is apparently written anonymously by an author, David R. Slavitt, primarily known as a poet and classicist.
I read this in the mid-1970s as a teenager, and it probably helped to shape my worldview to a certain extent about trust in government. I bought an old used copy recently to reread, refresh my memory, and discover why the book appealed to me, and what it was about the book that kept it lodged in my mind.