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Offerings in Mystery

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THE HOURS AFTER MIDNIGHT:
Masterful Suspense in t

MAGAZ I N E
Sunday, November 2, 1958

IN HIS new pseudo-fictional case I Gerald does not notify the po-
The Gallows Garden, (Rine- lice of his discovery and soon he
hart, 256 pp., $2.95, Ken Crossen, has ingratiated himself with a
under the pen name M.E. Chaber, group of criminals and appears to
offers another case for his insur- find his real talent in life. This is
ance detective, Milo March, an engrossing tale, well told, and
This time, the story is based on if you can see through to "the
the disappearance three years ago real Gerald,"' you'll be doing bet-
of a Central American professor ter than this reviewer.
from Columbia University. Into o . .
the narrative is woven a story of TWO NEW British detective
a lost (insured) manuscript which stories The Case of the Rus-
revealed many black secrets about sian Cross (Macmillan, 192 pp.,
the rein of a Caribbean dictator $2.95) and You Pay for Pity
not unlike Trujillo. (Dodd Mead, 243 pp., $2.95) are
A lot of Spanish is spoken (in- interesting of the two most popu-
cluding poetry) which would not lar and divergent types of crime
be heard outside a beginning fiction being produced in England
Spanish course. The plot keeps today.
alive, though, if you can ignore The former, a Ludovic Travers
the silly things the characters are adventure by "old pro" Christoph-
forced to say. er ushis nicenly wxithin the~ time-.

The second novel cited is by a
new writer named William Mole,
and features Supt. Strutt of the
West End C.I.D. and his amateur
detective friend, Casson Duker.
The stress in this novel is less}
along traditional lines, and goes,'
with notable success, into the dy-I
namic characters of its person-
ages.
The two principal suspects in
an apparent sex-crime, fellows:
named Woodhouse and Hetter-
idge, are at least as well-drawn as
the detecting pair.
Casson Duker, an odd fellow to
say the least, has some particular-
ly interesting theories on females'
skin that help him reach a fully
satisfactory solution. This review-
er hopes to see Mole back soon
with his sleuthing pair -- espe-
cially that Duker fellow.
* * *
FOR BARGAIN hunters, I can
recommend: The Mary Rob-
erts Rinehart Crime Book (Rine-
hart, 505 pp., $3.95). This volume;
includes three solid Rinehart
jheroine-in-distress novels out of
the 'twenties - "The Door," "The
See MYSTERY, Page 4

Vol. V, No. 2

Contents
Offerings in Mystery
By Donald A. Yates Page Two
Report on British Higher Education
By Lewis Engman Page Three
A Window to the Communist World
By Thomas Turner Page Five
Who Really Wants a New Constitution?
By David Tarr Page Six
The Dark Houses-Credo of a Poet
By Nelson S. Howe Page Seven
Oct. 29, 1929-Just Another Day
By Stephen Heilpern Page Eight

THE HOURS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
By Joseph Hayes. 182 pp. New
York: Randon House. $3.
AUTHOR JOSEPH HAYES has
made his reputation by de-
veloping masterful suspense with-
in the everyday environment of
the home.
He did this first in "The Des-
perate Hours," a novel which he
translated successfully to the
stage. Now he has repeated his
formula with a short novel where-
in once again a placid-appearing
menage is transfixed by fear- of
harm to one of its members.
Between two and four - thirty

one morning, Charles and Helen
Elgin were subjected to the great-
est torment that can come to the
parents of a teen-aged girl. Their
daughter Julie, headstrong and a
little rebellious, had been. kid-
napped by an irresponsible youth
and was being held for ransom.
It had all started as a sort of
joke. Julie, bored and a little
peeved at her attentive and well-
mannered date, had deserted him
in the middle of the evening for
Nolan Stoddard, a surly misfit
who had always had a liking for
her.
When Nolan got Julie off to

he Home
himself, the idea for the practical
joke occurred to him. Julie's fa-
ther had usually treated him un-
kindly; he'd give the old fellow
a call and tell him he had Julie.
He'd make him squirm. The boy's;
mind became inflamed, and the
joke soon got out of hand,
AYES' narrative, divided into
units by the hands on the
clock, is taut and economical.
The weaknesses and tensions of
the members of the Elgin family
are brought out quickly and--one
feels -almost too neatly. Each ;
figure has his momentbof emer-
gence and clarification before fall-
ing back into the inexorable cur-I
rent of the story's emotional flow.
The members of the Elgin fam-
ily are appealingly drawn as hu-
man, understandable, everyday
people.
However, they appear in the
story to have surrendered a good
part of their vitality to the elab-
orately developed "Suspense of the
Situation." Moreover, young, No-
lan, the story's antagonist, prob-
ably inspires more sympathy from:
the reader than he should.
The final impression that "The
Hlours After Midnight" gives is
that a group of interesting char-
acters, all well-motivated, have
been fatalistically subordinated by'
the author to a less important but
dominant emotional plan.
-Donald A. Yates

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Page Eleven

* * *
Invitation to Violence, (Dutton,
187 pp., $2.95) is a recent puzzler
by Lionel White who did an inter-
esting job last time with "The
House Next Door." A gang of
teenagers pull off a jewel robbery,
and an apparently nondescript
chap named G e r a l d Hanna
stumbles across their loot.

honored tradition of the English
problem in deduction. Travers,
who knows his way around among
criminals and skullduggery;' inves-
tigates a multiple-murder case set
among colorfully sketched "arty"
English folk.
The plot of the story is one of
the best Bush has put his affable
detective through in many years.

-MAGAZINE EDITOR-David Tarr
PICTURE CREDITS-Page Three: Photo by Lewis Engman; Page Four:
Photo by Lewis Engmon; Page Five: Photos by Thomas Turner;
Page Six: Photo Courtesy Michigan State Tourist Council; Page
Seven: Drawing by Nelson S. Howe; Page Eight: Photo Courtesy
New York State Department of Commerce; Page Nine: Daily--
Charles Curtiss; Page Ten : Photos by Thomas Turner.

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(Continued from Page 9)
Hart, Democratic nominee for the
United States Senate; Sen. John
B. Swainson, Democratic candi-
date for lieutenant governor; and
some high level advisers to Gov.
G. Mennen Williams who prefer
anonymity. The chairman of a
citizens committee backing the
convention is former U.S. Sen.
Prentiss M. Brown, a Democrat.
ON THE OTHER side of the
fence, Gov. Williams has op-
posed the convention because of
the method of selecting delegates.
But he finds himself agreeing
with some very conservative Re-
publicans, mostly the ones in the
state Senate which the more lib-
eral politicians around the state
refer to as the dinosaur wing of
the GOP.
One critic said this group re-
acts like Pavlov's dog to sugges-
tion of any change. The Republi-
can senators fought a battle in
the party convention against the
resolution supporting the consti-
tutional convention.
The issue is given little chance
of passing on Tuesday. This is
due partly to the requirement that
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Because many voters do not
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