Books: Irish Trouble

SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL—Rearden Conner—Morrow ($2.50).

When Irishmen speak of the two years of murder, massacre, ambush and reprisal that marked Ireland's last and most successful rebellion (1919-21), they call it, with resigned racial euphemism, "the trouble." Author Conner's novel, without attempting to give a clear picture of what the various troublemakers were after, makes it quite clear that the trouble itself was desperate, often hellish. Shake Hands with the Devil reads like crude melodrama but Author Conner swears his tale is founded on brutal fact, has needed no embellishment.

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