The Garden of Allah glamour of background -- Egypt, the pyramids, the desert; disseection of character and motives, such as characterize his more recent work The Paradine Case. A story with all the elements for successful popular sales, but not so sound, psychologically, as The Paradine Case. A novel built on the conflict between ambition for a career (in one case as a singer, in the other as a diplomat) versus the call of love. A group of people -- cross purposed -- in a Cairo hotel. Sure to have wide rental library appeal, and to build up considerable sales. Hichens has definitely staged a comeback.