THE OUTER EDGES by Charles Jackson


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From the Lost Weekend to the Fall of Valor, this is again progressively poorer, lacking the concentration of the first, the shock synthetics of the second. If easily assembled, this diffuses the kidnapping-rape-murder of the two children of Aylmer Smith through the lives of several, directly or indirectly affected; their father, a good and godly man; their mother, a tubercular; Fan French, a time on her hands, nothing on her mind, suburbanite; and primarily Jim Harrow, whose amiable amorality is set back when his wife leaves him, as he becomes introvertedly involved in the killing of the Smith children. Salving his own sense of default, his conscience, Harrow goes to see Aylmer Smith,- then is freed to start again with his family... On the Jackson name, this may go farther than it would otherwise- facile as it may be.

Pub Date: May 27th, 1948
Publisher: Rinehart