A better book, on all counts, than its predecessor, End of the Line (1951), this is again a Communist spy story. The central figure, Hugo Schneider, has been sent to New York to accomplish a specific mission, the virtual kidnapping of a scientist. How he arrives at his goal, how he operates in the vacuum of sealed orders and impersonal directives, and how he rebels and seeks to establish some sort of personal life for himself, is convincingly told. That he turns eventually to murder -- and then to confession- brings his tawdry, hollow career to a bitter end. The final impression is that after all our own counter-intelligence operates ceaselessly... Another title in this new project of simultaneous publication in paper and in hard cover. Small type face an added hurdle, but you can't have everything at this price.