One wonders whether this rough to violent picture of the Mississippi hinterlands and the dark issue of race persecution will...

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NIGHT FIRE

One wonders whether this rough to violent picture of the Mississippi hinterlands and the dark issue of race persecution will have appeal for the public, accustomed- or let us say inured- to race problem stories closer to their own comprehension. This involves Ashby Pelham, young, something of a waster, whose Civil War hero grandfather is still held up to him. Ashby, aware that the Sheriff is using an innocent Negro as a means to assure political favor, stands by Temptation, saves him from the Sheriff, and in fighting for one man's freedom fights a whole system, including one of its exponents, his cousin, Ephe. When hunted down, Ashby hides Temptation and his girl Laurel in a swamp, and escapes when the Sheriff sets fire to the swamp.... An angry, though authentic, indictment of primitive persecution in the south- but lacking the direct personal appeal of Strange Fruit, etc.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1946