SOMEWHERE A VOICE IS CALLING by John Lodwick

SOMEWHERE A VOICE IS CALLING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An intellectualized melodrama again features a man of violence (Brother Death) and transcribes the brooding, wayward, uneasy and implacable retribution of Thornton, in the consular service in Spain. Now married to Dominique, Thornton is still pacing across the grave of his first wife, Gloria, whose quixotic charms revive a memory of hate rather than love and whose infidelities still obsess him. On his way back to France, Thornton is detained (on a rigged charge) by his superior, Carter, and only later in Minorca does he learn that Carter was Gloria's first lover. There he transfers his unremitting, unrelenting suspicions to Dominique, fancies that Carter has become her lover during their current, enforced separation, and the murder which assuages his festering suspicions becomes invalid with the knowledge that Carter is innocent in Dominique's transgression... A civilized and circumscribed drama of the downbeat to destruction, this does not always walk a straight line and is slowed by many conversational gambits as it makes its way through the Southern Pyrenees where- however- the countryside and native characters are knowledgeably observed.

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 1953
Publisher: Roy