Sunday Story Ratings #35: Nor Iron Bars


Nor Iron Bars by John D. Macdonald

Originally published March-April 1947 in the Doc Savage; this edition 1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Collected in: Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (ed. Bill Pronzini & Jack Adrian)




Drug Use {PG} {tobacco}




No female characters.


No reference to sexuality or relationships.

Race & Ethnicity:

One black character under imminent threat of lynch mob, all other characters presumed white.

Disability, Physical Diversity and Health:

Viewpoint character recalls a prior dealing with an insane criminal holding a gun.




This story is easy to like, much as To Kill A Mockingbird is, for featuring a white man taking on the racism of other white folks directed at an innocent black man.