[PW] Atomic? grenade Bin-lid

dt davethurston at talktalk.net
Mon Nov 15 13:33:38 PST 2021

appreciate help finding childs book/story, circa 1963.
About a society with a roving badman / bogeyman, of whom everybody else lives in fear.
Young boy gets opportunity to kill badman with an (atomic ?) grenade.
Badman however avoids grenade with special shield – looks like a dustbin lid!
And captures boy. 
But Badman then reveals to boy that he is actually Goodman, serving to provide a reason for all other groups to work and co-operate together. To be a target for hate and fear, so the others will support each other more in resisting him.
The end.

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