is a 1972 novel by Brian Garfield.
After his wife and daughter are assaulted in his apartment, accountant Paul Benjamin starts resenting how "softly" crime is being handled, and decides to take a more direct approach on law enforcement in his neighborhood.
In 1974, a successful film adaptation
starring Charles Bronson
was made. In 1975, a sequel novel titled Death Sentence
This book has the examples of:
- Angst Coma: The trauma that Carol went trough eventually puts her into a vegetative state.
- The Big Rotten Apple: New York is portrayed as a scum-infested city full of crime.
- Karma Houdini: The perps that assaulted Paul's wife and daughter are never caught.
- Mercy Lead: A policeman runs into one of Paul's vigilante acts, but he gives him time to leave the crime scene.
- Sock It To Them: Paul initial choice for self-protection is a sock with a roll of quarters in it.
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: Paul notes to himself how often this trope is used to defeat the "blackhats" in movies.
- Vigilante Man: What Paul becomes one by the end of the book.