There's a quality in the telling of this rather macabre story that recalls the early Buchan. It has far more penetration than any definition or limitation as a manhunt would indicate, for throughout there's a double significance to the pattern of search Derrex, superficially healed of the after effects of torture in a Japanese internment camp, bears inner scars, uncontrollable fears that drive him to the edge of darkening madness. In accepting the assignment of running down a vicious killer in the heart of Malaya, he seeks to find himself as well. Sheer melodrama at times, at others an effectively tense story of vengeance and regeneration, this is superb adventure. Only when the unreal romance intervenes, the handling becomes inexpert for what is otherwise successful suspense for a dual market.