Books: Sentimental Toughs

SIGNING OFF—John T. McIntyre—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Till his 65th year, Philadelphia Author John T. McIntyre wrote gimcrack historical novels and Broadway melodramas. Then he staked a claim on Philadelphia's underworld and immediately struck pay dirt. The minor crooks, racketeers, pickpockets, cardsharps, pimps, stools, finks of Steps Going Down (1936) and Ferment (1937) were as tough as shoe leather, as American as a tabloid. In Signing Off, however, Author McIntyre's claim begins to look as if it were rapidly being worked out.

Towards his petty criminals John McIntyre shows benevolent amusement. Boys,...

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