The Night of the Long Knives by Felix Leiber. Published by Dover

First published in 1960, this postapocalyptic thriller feels strangely current. In the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, the United States is unrecognizable. All semblance of law and order is long since gone and the people left will do anything, including kill, to survive. In the midst of the chaos, two drifters meet and form an uneasy alliance. While this is a short story, it has the depth and character development of a much longer read. And while this scenario seemed all too possible in 1960, it would have been almost impossible to believe in modern times, until the last year or so. Isn’t the U.S. sending tanks to Europe to quiet fears about potential Russian hostilities? The more things change the more they stay the same


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