A new Hilton is news and a substantial advance is assured. This story belongs with Mr. Chips in being a character study rather than a conventional novel. In fact, one could almost wish the author had attempted loss of a story, for what there is seems a bit thin and unsubstantial and difficult of credence, while the central character of ""the little doctor"" takes form even with the cloaking of a story one cannot credit, and one wishes for more of him. Lovable, erratic, irresponsible, absent-minded, dominated by his wife, he leaves a tender picture, though it lacks the universality of appeal of Mr. Chips. The story -- outlining his relations with his wife and highly-strung small son, his meeting and innocently developing dependence on the lonely, frightened German dancer, the chain of circumstances that led to their seeming escape from crime and their hanging -- serves as a slender thread on which the character is spun. Not a book that will add materially to his reputation, though it will unquestionably be widely read. Substantial advertising and promotion backing.