Books: Missing Chapter

Four years ago, ship-bored sailors on a U.S. transport near Samoa ran across a ravaged English thriller. Its somewhat peremptory title: Kiss the Blood Off My Hands. The high-strung, blood-&-guts story furnished so fine a busman's holiday that they dismembered it, passed it around chapter by chapter. To their horror, they found that the last two chapters had gone overboard.

Most of the men went down with their ship in the Solomons without ever resolving their suspense. But two years later, one survivor was still scouring around after those last two chapters (TIME, Nov. 20, 1944). He was out of luck unless...

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