Books: The Case That Had Everything

SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAS HAPPENED by Peter Van Slingerland-328 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

The wife of U.S. Navy Lieut. Thomas Massie had left the party early, alone. Later, Massie went looking for her at the home of a friend, but she was not there. Massie then phoned his own house, and his wife answered. In a voice so distorted by anguish that it was scarcely recognizable, Thalia Massie cried: "Come home at once! Something terrible has happened!"

Thus began, on a September night in

Honolulu in 1931, a train of events that was to lead...

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