Well-plotted, extremely perceptive. - Kirkus Reviews. An avid player of the numbers game, Hubert Cooley dreams of the hit that will allow him to abandon his demeaning job and the pressures of family life. This compelling novel, set in 1950s Harlem, traces a day in Hubert's life that builds to a climax of violence and disillusionment. Forceful and dramatic, it offers a compassionate and honest view of the damaging effects of self-delusion. AUTHOR: Julian Mayfield (1928 84) was an American actor, director, writer, lecturer, and civil rights activist. His many books and plays Include the novels The Long Night and The Grand Parade. Mayfield also starred in and co-authored the screenplay for Jules Dassin's 1968 movie, Uptight.