Bell ringer No. 3 reaffirms the force, the human compassion, the skill of histle and Night Shift -- with the story this time on marital divorce and yet trying to be kind and fair to her selfish husband, Ben recently But as his drinking and abuse grew worse, she developed a sense of guilt. He tries to kill her. She runs away, first traveling aimlessly about the country, then home ag to the salt-of- the-earth Gogarty clan, where she is sharply aware of the problems of their two veterans, one whose wife can't adjust, the other whose nerves are shot. Then there's Martha, whose overly protective mother-in-law refuses to admit her son's death; and Janet, mother of two, whose husband won't come back. Often sordid, yet only as a realistic expression of a type and locale, this story of plain middle class people, perceptively portrayed, makes a turbulent, gripping, thought-provoking novel of high calibre.