Books: Recent & Readable, Mar. 8, 1954

The Night of the Hunter, by Davis Grubb. A beautifully written chiller about an Ohio River town and a Bible-spouting homicidal maniac (TIME, March 1).

The Bright Sands, by Robert Lewis Taylor. A good-humored novel about Cape Cod and Cape codgers (TIME, Feb. 22).

The Lady for Ransom, by Alfred Duggan. The twilight of the Byzantine Empire, caught in a fine historical novel (TIME, Feb. 8).

The Man Who Never Was, by Ewen Montagu. How British intelligence deceived the Germans about the invasion of Sicily by furnishing them a corpse whose pockets were stuffed with...

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