His first book, at least since he was arrested on a charge later disproved, We Who Are About To Die, was an extraordinarily objective indictment of prison systems, written without bitterness. Now comes this novel, a story of a false accusation resulting in arrest, trial and condemnation. Circumstantial evidence is too strong for its victim. False estimates of his character, petty jealousies among his neighbors, twisted reports and rumors, all bring the almost inevitable result. The facts of the story are not Lamson's own, but the other details -- the build-up of evidence, the attitude of a community, the legal aspects, the selection of the jury, the trial, the conviction -- and the contacts with fellow prisoners -- all very evidently are based on an intimate knowledge of conditions. Extremely well done, powerful as criticism of a system, under which such tragedies can occur, and absorbing reading. Setting -- near Spokane, but sale will be particularly strong in California.