The Child Buyer

Finalist, National Book Awards 1961 for Fiction

The Child Buyer by John Hersey book cover
ISBN 9780553209372
Bantam Books | Knopf

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This is a story of an investigation into the activities of Mr. Wissey Jones, a stranger who comes to the town of Pequot on urgent defense business.
His business is to buy for his corporation children of a certain sort, in this case a ten-year-old named Barry Rudd, a budding genius of potentially critical value. A hearing is held and questions are asked: exactly why does Mr. Jones’ company buy children, and will it succeed in buying Barry?