Books: Innocents Abroad

ABOVE SUSPICION—Helen MacInnes—Little, Brown ($2.50).

It is clear that Author Helen MacInnes has studied the slick screen thrillers of her compatriot Alfred Hitchcock (The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, etc.). Her first novel makes fast reading. Speeded up to her master's pace, it would make still better screening.

In the summer of '39 a young Oxford don and his personable wife put their vacation at the disposal of the British Intelligence. Their assignment: to find out whether a certain invaluable British secret agent was still functioning in Central Europe. Their qualifications: native intelligence and...

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