Books: Stool Pigeons

FERMENT—John T. Mclntyre—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Last year John Thomas Mclntyre won first place as the U. S. contender in the All-Nations Prize Novel Competition with a complex, fast-moving study of the Philadelphia underworld called Steps Going Down. Readers of that book found themselves plunged at once into a teeming, submoral environment that would have seemed strange anywhere, but which seemed specially inappropriate against the background of the quiet City of Friends—a harsh, double-crossing, violent world inhabited by welching gamblers, well-meaning stool pigeons, jealous streetwalkers, petty gangsters on the run, crooked lawyers on...

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