WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR by Nigel

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from February 1, 1950 Bulletin, page 72 as follows: ""Returning to the particular climate the community of scientist--of The Small Back Room, but without the dramatic sharpness of that book which reached an even greater intensity in Mine Own Execu, this still argues around a point of conscience with considerable effectiveness. Lucas Sewell, a research man, whose lifework has been spent on a project concerning the mechanism of epidemics, reaches a successful conclusion with definitive evidence, but is told--by the government--that its publication will jeopardize national security in the event of a possible war. The variance between the scientist's outlook--the common good--and the politicians' concern for just one country creates the conflict here and Sewell, as well as Marriott, a youngster in the laboratory, are tempted toward treason. Marriott, needled by an armless Irishman, a war victim, is almost gulled into betrayal, and at the close it is Sewell who realizes that personal vanity has been involved on his part, impetuous idealism on Marriott's, and the affair is closed... The writing here, as in the earlier books, is spare, swift, neat; the problem played out in its personal and ethical considerations.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin