12 JULY 1957, Page 34

Strip Jack Naked. By Guthrie Wilson. (Hale, 8s. 6d.) Short,

violent novel about bewildered lout with a knuckle-duster on the New Zealand dock- sides, who is made to seem pitiably human and alone before he wantonly kills and is killed. French-film sort of tale, told in kiwi sort of accent.