Books: Western

FOREST FIRE—Rex Stout—Farrar & Rinehart ($2).

Rex Stout is far from being the D. H. Lawrence of the U. S., notwithstanding the blurb on his latest book, but Forest Fire is an up-to-date, readable Western yarn. Though it gets tragic at the end for no good reason, by & large it stays true to its cheerful nature.

Harry Fallen, a college boy working for the summer as a forest ranger in Montana, was not very good at his job. His attention wandered, he pined for society, he often went fishing when he should have been patrolling his range. Nobody but Harry would have...

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