Commander Malcolm Stevenson, a rich middle-aged man, finds his lonely life turned upside down when he falls in love with a pretty dance hostess. His involvement with Mollie "Sixpence" Gordon will lead to the exposure of a conspiracy to sabotage the British General Election, but Stevenson’s dogged pursuit of the criminals will throw his life and the lives of those he cares about into grave danger.
"The English novel's only down-to-earth romantic...there is a quality of golden light that hangs over his books. That comes, I think, from his sense of order and from his own vast, undemonstrative solicitude" (John Ezard, Guardian)
"A first-class storyteller, and his narrative is extraordinarily convincing." (J. B. Priestley)
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Great story telling, implausible plot
Shute is superb at describing the principle characters and their thoughts and environment. He has a nice touch with details and character. Pacing is very good.
The plot is implausible. Both the initial setup, where the narrator remains silent about what he knows and the latter part where he flies off and what follows.
Can't say. But he did a fine job.
No. It was not that compelling.
- Robert Bliss