The Dark Glasses (1956) had its origin on Corfu: this is based in modern Greece, Salonica and Athens, and in London. And its sniveling, self-pampering central character, Spiro Polymerides, is the opportunist whose goal of indulgent living is betrayed by the treachery he visits on those impelled into his vortex. Latching on to a relief worker, Irvine Stroh, American, and tinged with homosexuality,- Spiro works his claim for its total worth, never giving any loyalty to the man who is providing for him, never refusing other interests. Jock, fast living, uncontrolled, dies in a speeding auto and Spiro finds a new source of emotional torture in Jock's mother, Helen, whose hysterical jealousy is an abrasive counterpoint to his subservience to Irvine. The emergence of Kiki, daughter of a fabulously wealthy Greek family, scores Helen's pride to the point of suicide, and his marriage to Kiki estranges her father's support. And Kiki's death, following an interrupted pregnancy, sends him back to Athens for a spiralling down of degradation. Again the dessicated dissection but here the tragic consequences are of less import than in the previous book, the impact of the angered, almost untouchable, young man more repellent. Restricted.