Our third choice of dark horse successes in a story that recalls Josephine Johnson's Now In November -- a story of drought and a growing undercurrent of dissatisfaction with their lot among Kansas farmers. The central character is a peace-loving man who adores his wife and small sons, and who wants to keep his neighbors from violence if fair means can be found. He is one of a committee which seeks relief from the governor -- in vain. In vain -- on his return, crushed by a tragic accident to his wife in his brief absence, he still tries to forestall the attack on the courthouse -- and is killed for his pains. The ""pay-off"" makes victims of all who tried to help -- the farmers themselves face despair and terror. A tragic book, in its very simplicity -- and a book that pleads the cause of our agricultural population more dramatically than a thousand treatises. A human document --emphatically not just another novel of the soil. Don't ignore it. It deserves serious consideration.