Books: Nazis' Last Stand

MY PAST WAS AN EVIL RIVER (306 pp.) —George Millar—Doubleday ($2.50).

The meeting, in defeated Germany, of bored G.I.s, wary D.P.s and diehard SS men supplies obvious possibilities for an adventure story, and this one makes the most of them. Author Millar, 35, fought with the British in Egypt, with the Maquis in France, and wrote two exciting autobiographical books about it (Waiting in the Night, Horned Pigeon). His first novel, and his third book to be published in the U.S. in the past year, packs all its action and reflection into one week in May 1945, in a secluded Austrian valley...

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