Books: Mixed Fiction, Nov. 18, 1957

HOUSE OF LIES, by Françoise Mallet-Joris (311 pp.; Farrar, Straus & Cudahy; $3.75), is a novel with a curiously old fashioned, even Gothic air. An old, wealthy brewer is slowly dying of heart disease in a provincial Belgian town. Around him hovers a cluster of relatives who live for nothing more than the huge fortune they hope to slice. Only one person cares nothing for his money—an illegitimate daughter whom he has acknowledged, taken into his home and educated. Anything but original as a plot—but Author Françoise Mallet-Joris, still only 27, has already...

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