This novel is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's life as a drug addict in the 1950s. The protagonist, living in New York City, becomes addicted to heroin and resorts to petty crime to support his habit. As he navigates the seedy underworld of drug addiction, he experiences the highs and lows of substance abuse, the desperate scramble for the next fix, and the constant threat of arrest. The book offers a stark, brutally honest portrayal of addiction and its effects on the human psyche.
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