Books: Clinical Cases

THE CUNNING MULATTO AND OTHER CASES or ELLIS PARKER, AMERICAN DETECTIVE—Fletcher Pratt—Smith & Haas ($2.50).

For 42 years Ellis Parker, round, short, grey-haired and good-natured, has been a practicing detective in Mount Holly, N. J. (pop. 6,573). He has worked on about 300 cases, principally crimes of violence. According to Fletcher Pratt, "he is probably the best detective in America if not in the world." Last week Author Pratt, heretofore recognized as a historian (Ordeal by Fire), offered a volume containing accounts of twelve of Ellis Parker's more sensational successes. Less a batch...