Books: Electrified Romance

HIGH TENSION—William Wister Haines —Little, Brown ($2.50).

With his first novel, Slim (TIME, Aug. 20, 1934), a story of the linemen who string high-voltage transmission lines, Author Haines, himself a lineman, made a clean jump from transmission poles to best-seller ranks and Hollywood. Though Slim seemed a little too slick for its subject, it nevertheless subordinated romance to accurate descriptions of a dramatic trade and the lusty linemen who follow it. High Tension, first published in the Saturday Evening Post, is wired for more popular tastes, reverses the proportions of romance and realism.

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