THE ""MOZART"" LEAVES AT NINE by Harris Greene
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Report repeated from the July 15th bulletin, when scheduled for fall publication, as follows: ""This is Salzburg at the war's end- with the U.S. Army of Occupation waging a special kind of war of its own. This moving and unusual novel gives a convincing and none too heartening picture of the issues involved as men were still self-seeking and vicious and ruthless- or gallant and imaginative and humane, no matter what their nationalities or ranks. Major Burton had many problems- some of them explosive ones- to handle; he had some unorthodox assistance from his junior officers- and continual `roadblocks' in orders passed down from Vienna. One particular problem involved a deserting Russian officer whose story Burton believed- and whom he was ordered to turn back to the Russians for what he knew was extermination. Though Burton realized it might cost him his whole career, he made what he saw as the honorable decision. This is no prettied up version of a sorry situation; some of the incidents are raw and crude; but there's a quality of compassion which lends warmth and vitality to the telling, whether dealing with the DP camps, Jews escaping illegally, the sexual lapses of lonely men, or the struggle for sustaining standards against odds. Overlong- often unpalatable, but in the end, rewarding.

Publisher: Doubleday