Books: Florida Flatwoods

BLOOD OF THE LAMB (275 pp.) —Charles H. Baker Jr.—Rinehart ($2.50).

"Preacher Gudger," said Ma Conroy, "this here oldest gal o' mine name Roma-jean purely loves to sing. She kin sing a church song low and she kin line it out sweet. . . . Preacher, we purely need that two bits a Sunday you pay yore choir singers. If you can use her I reckon the good Lord shore will love you."

Pasty-faced Preacher Gudger (he had "the body of a garden slug, the soul of a gimlet, and the morals of a beagle") looked pretty Romajean up & down, blinked, licked...

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