Here's a much tooted book on which we confess to grave doubts. A fantastic blend of The Postman Always Rings Twice with Robert Nathan, in a story of a haunting character symbolic of evil, who appears at the psychological moment to involve people in all sorts of strange and unpleasant things, even murder or the suspicion of it. The man has a genius for anonymity -- an insidious power over the other fellow, making him shoulder the blame. He becomes the evil genius of one character, the story teller, and controls and hypnotizes almost all the others, with the exception of a nymphomaniac who does not fear him. If this book goes as well as the publishers think, it will be simply a ""tour de force"" -- a freak success. For the book leaves one with a feeling of annoyance and frustration.