Sorry, too, that this is not an original creation, because if Mr. Ullman had not written this from the screen play of...

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Sorry, too, that this is not an original creation, because if Mr. Ullman had not written this from the screen play of Lucille Fletcher, it might have had a harder impact in the storytelling trade. The idea is a top suspense project- a self-imposed invalid catching a telephone conversation (which concerns herself) about a murder to be done, her hystorical telephonings to protect the victim, and the disclosures that she uncovers in her brief time of action. For the pictures- a la Hitchcock- it works well; for a book it is definitely derivative of screen techniques. There are the flashbacks of a contrived marriage with a selfmade, somewhat mysterious man, of a woman whose determination to have her way overrides all interference, and of the final price she pays for what she has bought. For the reader on masse certainly acceptable- for the selective audience the publishing imprint only is a congÉ.

Pub Date: March 15, 1948

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1948