For twenty-three years of his young life, Donald Goines lived in the dark,despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea and ended with his murder at the age of thirty-nine. He had worked up to a hundred-dolloars-a-day habit--and out of the agonizing hell came Dopefiend! It is the shocking nightmare story of a black heroin addict. Trapped in the festering sore of a major American ghetto, a young man and his girlfriend--both handsome, talented, and full of promise--are inexorably pulled into the living death of the hardcore junkie!