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The Accomplices. By Leonard Cooper. ( 01 ;o

Press, 15s.) The special relationship that

up between accuser and accused, pursuer' ',r• pursued, suspect and cop, even torturer and 'and tured, has been explored in novel and oPerait is film, from Les Miserables onward. Here ,r again, in a long, intelligent, satisfying cold' thriller, with an idealistic, intellectually arr°,70 physicist who has sold secrets, and a sec"the officer who hates Communists, not simplY enemy, but as dangerous beasts, to be dearr°14/ and who is himself a subtly complex charact` not at all the Blimp he first appears to be lut1 cool'