Books: No Transfusion

THE WHOLE ARMOR (334 pp.)—Faith Baldwin—Rinehart ($3).

When a writer with the nationwide, 30-year following of Faith Baldwin announces that her new novel has her "life's blood" in it (TIME, Jan. 29), the news calls for a certain amount of pricking up of ears. With the publication of The Whole Armor, ears can be at ease. Like the 60-odd Baldwin novels that have preceded it, this earnest story of a young Manhattan minister's search for maturity has a pretty thin hemoglobin content.

Hero Paul Lennox is strong on good works and good looks, A dynamic young fellow, he is modern enough to insist...

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