Less attractive than Dayspring (Appleton-Century, 1945) or Dearly Beloved (Duell, Sloan & Pearce-1941), this again attacks- if more aggressively- the complex, conflicting influence of the Roman Catholic Church and is a sharp scoring of its prideful power, its hypocrisy, its intolerance of other faiths and races. Moon Gaffney, brought up in the parental faith and in the parental pattern of Tammany politics, has his hope of winning the nomination for assemblyman. But influenced by some of his liberal friends (tagged as Communists by the Catholics) Moon deviates from accepted concepts and his prospective career. With his father's death, Moon is turned down by Tammany, turned out by the Church, left to an uncertain future. Story interest, character detail are subdued here to a portrayal largely of institutions, issues, types, The general reader appeal is negligible.