Books: RECENT & READABLE, may 3, 1954

The Fire-Raisers, by Marris Murray. A vivid, moody story about a South African valley and its willy-nilly incendiaries (TIME, April 26).

The Bad Seed, by William March. Malice and murder in the heart of a child; a mother-and-daughter story that swiftly turns into a shocker (TIME, April 12).

A Time to Laugh, by Laurence Thompson. The lighthearted story of poor Gadein, a gawky African adolescent, and his triumph over both his tribe and the British army (TIME, April 5).

Minutes of the Last Meeting, by Gene Fowler. More stories about those three Hollywood musketeers,...

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