Books: A Son Is Her Undoing

BELL TIMSON (373 pp.)—Marguerite Steen—Doubleday ($2.75).

"Do you mind stepping this way . . . Mrs. Timson?" said the man who opened the door. He escorted her through a series of splendid rooms in which the furniture was embellished with the coronet of English nobility. At last Mrs. Timson came to a bedroom and saw, propped in a superb bed, a woman whose face was known to every reader of high-society news. Soon after, Mrs. Timson left the aristocratic mansion as discreetly as she had come—but with a fee of £400 nestling in her purse.

Mrs. Timson is an abortionist. She is also...