BLOOD LIKE NEW WINE by Toni Howard

BLOOD LIKE NEW WINE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A convulsive drama extends from the battleground of the war- to the criminal courtroom- as Jacques Dongeres, schooled to violence as a Resistance hero, is anything but domesticated on his return home- and finally murders his wife. A partial justification exists in Jania, a Polish girl, whom he had married (bigamously) during the war and who is back in France- with him, singing in a small night club. There she is seen by Dan Morrow, an American travelling abroad, with the wife he has never loved- and drinking himself away from the guilt of his brother's death in the Pacific. Impressionable, susceptible, Dan sees a chance to redeem himself, in his attempt to save Jacques- but he succeeds only in destroying himself. And Jacques goes to the guillotine for the crime he has committed with cool courage and an unrepentant independence of spirit. The author may be remembered for her earlier Shrick with Pleasure; this is just as noisy.

Pub Date: April 29th, 1954
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts