The author of Dec and more recently of Last Man Round the World -- has written a story this time in which the intries and chicaneries of the law overweigh the slender thread of plot. There's plenty of cynicism in his presentation of vulture lawyers sucking the blood from an ca which involves a succession of legal actions -- of bypsy and trading to keep the came in the courts, while lives of the litigants are wrecked, and proud names humbled. The Gaylord ""girls"" were three in number; the eldest, autocratic, proud, inflexible, concealed a shabby little romance of her youth and denied even to herself the love she still bore the father of the child she claimed to have adopted. oly when she found that her pride would coat her sister the last chance of happiness, did she humble herself -- and then it is perhaps too late. Not a convincing story, not are any of the characters real. There's a suggestion, perhaps, of the Wendell Case in the general tone of the set-up. Lawyers who are objective about some of the practices of their profession -- and victims of the law will constitute the largest number of possible readers.