Books: Tour de Force

TESTAMENT—R. C. Hutchinson—Farrar & Rinehart ($3).

When Ray Coryton Hutchinson's fourth novel, Shining Scabbard, was published last year, one excited English reviewer called him "one of the very few living English novelists who will be read fifty— perhaps a hundred—years hence." Other reviewers did not hurl their hats quite so high, but they agreed on Hutchinson's amazing virtuosity.

Onetime ad writer for a mustard concern and sober-living father of three, Author Hutchinson* wrote The Answering Glory, an intense story of a woman missionary in Africa, from the snug purview of his London suburb. Although...

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