Another new vein for Golding -- as different from The Camberwell Beauty as that book was from Magnolia Street and Five Silver Daughters. Is Golding writing too fast? Three volumes (one of them short stories, to be honest) in just short of a year. This has a morbid sort of fascination -- it is a story of a life-long haunting -- the impact of two personalities which through all of life, never got beyond a few words, a bitter, unrelenting hatred, a yearning that was hastily put down, a mutual resultant inferiority complex. On one side, the result was a vaunting of power and charm -- and sadistic cruelty; on the other, a cowardly running away, an obsession of pursuit, a determination to prove superiority, a pattern of failure -- and a lust for killing.... Sell to those who liked Conrad Aiken's King Goffin -- Laing's Cadaver of Gideon Wyck, etc.