The Long Walk
NEL, London, 1980
first published in the USA in 1979 by New American Library
(price: £1.25; 256 pages)
This is for Jim Bishop and Burt Hartlen and Ted Holmes
The blurb on the back:
In the America of the not-too-distant future, authority wears a uniform and stands above the law.
The nation's top sports event is a 450-mile marathon walk, a gruelling road race for the fittest young men in the land, a terror trek where a single wrong step is probably the last.
Victory means fortune and fame. There's only one winner and there are no losers.
Tomorrow's world is a place where failure is against the rules...
An old blue Ford pulled into the guarded parking lot that morning, looking like a small, tired dog after a hard run.