Books: Nine Men

LIGHTSHIP—Archie Binns—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2.50). Anchored off a reef on the Pacific Coast, Lightship No. 167 is called by neighboring Indians "the ship that goes nowhere." But within its battered hull an assorted crew of nine finds plenty of action before the story is over. In dull spells they indulge in philosophical speculation, with religion a favorite topic. When, however, a hurricane comes up, tearing No. 167 loose from her moorings, casting her adrift amid mountainous seas, there is no time for talk. Whether she makes port or not is not told....

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