By Meyer Levin,Marcia Clark,Gabriel Levin

Judd Steiner and Artie Straus have all of it: wealth, intelligence, and the realm at their toes as a part of the elite, upper-crust Jewish neighborhood of Nineteen Twenties Chicago. Artie is good-looking, athletic, and renowned, yet he possesses a hidden, strong sadistic streak and a wish to dominate. Judd is a weedy introvert, a genius who longs for a better half whom he can idolize and worship. enthusiastic about Nietzsche’s proposal of the superhuman, either boys choose to turn out that they're above the legislation of guy via arbitrarily determining and murdering a Jewish boy of their neighborhood.

This re-creation of Meyer Levin's vintage literary mystery Compulsion reintroduces the fictionalized case of Leopold and Loeb – as soon as thought of the "crime of the century" – to a brand new iteration. This incisive mental portrait of 2 younger murderers seized the mind's eye of an period and is usually famous as paving the best way for the 1st non-fiction novel. Compulsion forces us to invite what drives a few additional into darkness, and a few to hunt redemption.

Heartbreaking because it is gripping, Compulsion is written with a demanding and penetrating strength that led the Los Angeles Times to name Levin, “the most important Jewish author of his times.”

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