Books: Grand Train

SLEEPERS EAST — Frederick Nebel— Little, Brown ($2).

If Dashiell Hammett had written Grand Hotel, the result might have been something like Sleepers East. Author Nebel cannot command Hammett's sulphurous and suspense-laden style, but he has fitted together a first-rate melodrama, whose plot is more cunningly joined than Grand Hotel's, its suspense and climax better managed. Sleepers East is headed for a brisk trip, with Hollywood one of its way-stations.

Old Engineer Magowan, making his last run, with a second-rate engine in the teeth of a blizzard, swore he would get to...

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