Here is a book that will need careful presentation -- sound appraisal of values -- if it is to have the sale it rates on its unusual background and material. The place- China, with Shanghai and the surrounding area, and the elusively shifting headquarters of various units of the guerilla forces; the time- the period immediately before Pearl Harbor, when Civil War was as much of a threat on the edge of reality as was the Japanese peril, with false lures of peace. The story revolves around the disappearance of an American, long resident in China, whose loyalties were oddly blended with high moral purpose; around the facts behind a kidnapping; around the daughter of the American, rescued from imminent peril only to put her head once more into the noose of danger. An officer of the American Intelligence and his aid, a Russian guide, a mysterious stranger with a German name, play an intricate game. There's fascination- sometimes confusion- here, in a unique book and exceptionally well written!