A Way of Life is one of those rare books in which the realism of a documentary report is combined with the imaginative intensity usually found only in the novel. In this, his second book, Peter Wildeblood has taken as his theme the "No-Man's Land" which exists between crime and respectability.
It is a territory which has been explored by no other writer, and the characters who inhabit it are instantly recognisable as real people, although their counterparts are not to be found anywhere else in contemporary literature. Mr Wildeblood takes as his subject the whole, strange world of the people who for one reason or another are out of step with the times, together with the men and women who prey on them and those who devote their lives to helping them.
Clergymen and drug addicts, prostitutes, policemen, journalists and philanthropists are among the characters, and the author, following them in their separate paths, describes what happens when those paths cross.