This is -- according to the London Times -- based on an actual slander case in England, and has the ring of authenticity. It...

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This is -- according to the London Times -- based on an actual slander case in England, and has the ring of authenticity. It makes intensely interesting reading, as the author builds up the background out of the bare bones of a story of a country house party, an accusation of cheating brought by one guest, a bit the worse for liquor, against another, and unexpectedly backed up by the victim's subordinate officer; and of the subsequent decision, reluctantly made, not to press charges; of the melting away of friends and acquaintances and the complete disintegration of a personality under the whispering campaign against him -- and finally of the trial itself, a year too late to save his reputation, and finally the verdict of Not Guilty found on the actual play of the cards before a puzzled jury. Clever build-up-conflicts recall Galsworthy's play, Loyalties. Good reading.

Pub Date: March 5, 1937

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harper

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1937