CAST THE FIRST STONE by Chester HimesJames Monroe was young and educated. He stood before the judge and tried to look humble and heard himself sentenced to twenty years in prison….

Here is Chester Himes’s great novel of prison life. It is a story both of brutal debasement and of the slow growth of maturity and compassion. It is a vivid re-creation of a perverse society with its own rules, its own taboos, its own virtues and grotesque vices. And strangely enough, it is also a love story – a love between two men…

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