A trick book, cleverly done, with atmosphere, suspense and originality, all adding up to absorbing reading, if unsubstantial aftermath. Five people are stranded on a fly-infested, filthy island in the southern Pacific for five weeks, because of a strike in the port from which their boat should have sailed. Nerves on edge, they revert to their worst sides -- the boat comes and they snap back to normal levels. By clever literary devices, swift action, excellent dialogue, with something of the O'Hara sparkle, the story takes form and comes alive. Very good intertainment value.