Books: Murder with an Ice-Pick

MAN WITH THE PAINTED HEAD—Helen Reilly—Farrar & Rinehart ($2).

With a plot no more preposterous than many detective stories, Man with the Painted Head contrives an atmosphere more realistic than most. The artists' colony at Storr's Point was isolated, inaccessible except through one gate which was kept locked. When middle-aged Miss Fenwick arrived to visit her niece she and the taxi-driver would have been perturbed had they seen the notorious criminal clinging to the back tire. That same night Playwright Van Buren, big frog of the colony, was...

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