OF SMILING PEACE Stefan Heym Little, Brown ($2.50).
In a super dime novel complete with spies and a beautiful adventuress, refugee-Author Heym (now with the psychological warfare division of the Army) pictures the power-poker played by Axis and Allies in North Africa. The most interesting character is Darlan-like Monaitre, who offers his troops to the highest bidder. Although the elements are similar, the effect is less striking than the author's Hostages.
TRAGIC GROUND Ersklne Caldwell Duel], Sloan & Pearce ($2.50).
With characteristic (Tobacco Road) humor, Caldwell spotlights a Southern squatter community,...