Shortly after a 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, a stranger arrives in Caxton — a small southern town peacefully awaiting the integration of its all-white high school. Adam Cramer, a polite, threateningly smooth-talking young Northerner, has come to persuade this community to work against the new segregation laws. Within days, he stirs the white residents to violence in order to play his own personal power games. By the time he leaves town, mob action, riots, bombings, and attacks on integrationists had become commonplace, turning neighbor against neighbor, husband against wife, white against black.
But The Intruder is more than just the story of one man and the trouble he brings. It is a fascinating portrait of a southern town in the mid-1950s, an exciting novel dramatizing the problems of sociological change, civil rights, and, ultimately, the changing face of America.
This edition of The Intruder marks the novel’s first appearance since 1962, and features a new introduction by Beaumont biographer Roger Anker, who presents an insightful look into the history behind the novel and its subsequent film. Also included is a new, illustrated afterward by Beaumont associate William F. Nolan (co-author of Logan’s Run), who recalls his role in the film, in which he plays a small town bigot.