THE BUSINESS AT BLANCHE CAPEL by Bryan Morgan

THE BUSINESS AT BLANCHE CAPEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Treason at a virus research station in Essex concentrates on loyalties as well as scientific ethics for when the Department of Biological Warfare takes over and the devastating potentials of swine fever become the goal, Dr. John Hanwell, the new assistant superintendent, is faced with known and unknown Communists, irresponsible subordinates and insubordinate associates. Attracted to disfigured Alma Schwarts, whose beliefs and faiths are as scarred as her face, drawn to Neasden, who turns out to be a ruthless secret agent, believing in Polish Professor Ankers, and realizing the new, poisonous serum must never reach enemy hands, Hanwell hares off to Salzburg and Italy to get part of the answer. Back in Blanche Capel, it is Alma and coincidence which keep the serum from leaving the country, and give Hanwell, Neasden and the military the task of fighting epidemic with fire. The dangers of the scientific life, the desperate and unsettled staff of the station, the poison of treason as contaminating and corruptive as the new serum is deadly, -- these fill in the many details that bring this to life and to the attention of espionage followers.

Pub Date: Feb. 2nd, 1953
Publisher: Little, Brown -- A.M.P.