Books: Adventures in Nazilcmd

ESCAPE—Ethel Vance—Little, Brown ($2.50).

"Ethel Vance" is a pseudonym for someone whom the publishers say they have good reason not to name. The book might be the product of an impossible collaboration by Kay Boyle, Christopher Isherwood, Dorothy Sayers, Franz Kafka and Alfred Hitchcock. Its atmospheric detail and steadily elaborated suspense are better than most Hitchcock. Book-of-the-Month Clubbers, who get Escape for October, will not willingly lay it down.

It is early spring in the mountains, and high, snow-cowled hotels are full of happy skiers. In her big chalet the American-born Countess, swanlike,...

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