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By Julian Gloag

First released in 1967, it is a story of Jordan Maddox who has so disciplined his personal feelings that he has, in fact, little touch with existence: detached, he not responds to the indicators of love-even of desperation- from people who are just about him.

Suddenly he reveals himself accused of mur­der.

At first he reacts frivolously. it kind of feels to him an absurd, virtually an fun, mistake. To his spouse, his acquaintances, his very loss of ardour is evidence of his innocence. yet to the police, Maddox is the accountable guy. At their palms he's relentlessly stripped of his invulnerability.

Imprisoned, on my own, ignoring the insistent calls for of his personal safeguard, he units out to discover his as far back as existence. within the thoughts of his formative years and within the act of dying and vio­lence of which he stands accused, Maddox submits himself to a much more the most important, way more agonizing trial than the only within which he ap­pears on a daily basis because the defendant. For his genuine trial is that of a guy trying, for the 1st time, probably too overdue, to simply accept the responsi­bilities of living.

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