From the focal point of the execution of David Yancey, a policeman who has killed his chief and who has been denied a...

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THUNDER IN THE ROOM

From the focal point of the execution of David Yancey, a policeman who has killed his chief and who has been denied a reprieve by Governor Madden, the stories of those whose lives on which his death touches spread out. They range from the governor's wife to the woman who had taught David as a boy and who believed him the victim of corrupt forces -- widowed Lucy Warren who is forced to face the shadows of her marriage to Philip when his old friend and her old enemy Barold Todd arrives; from the question of the rehabilitation of prisoners which the Governor's chauffeur Jarvis represents of the problems that his daughter and her determination to study piano pose; from the infringements of a local radio personality to a dinner party with an international flavor; -- and to the story of David Yancey himself, in his cell and facing the fact that there is no escape from his sentence. A southern city with a remembered society and its present day effects frames these fragments and mosaics of each individual's day as memories are unlocked and the result is a shimmering rather than a fiery reflection of the personalities and the questions involved. An interesting but not completely successful performance.

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956