A story of a 17-year-old gangster in a seaside town seemed an unlikely idea for a successful novel and later film, but the sick adolescent, PINKIE, was made convincingly evil - to such an extent that men twice his age feared him.

The success of the novel is down to good triumphing over evil, though it is a long time coming. Gripping from first to last, 'Brighton Rock' portrays sexual guilt and moral guilt in a way that mirrors the pre-war years (the book was first published in 1938).

- Paul Rance.

This Paul Rance article originally appeared in issue 2 of EASTERN RAINBOW, in 1993. More details about Eastern Rainbow here.

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