15 AUGUST 1958, Page 24

It's a Crime

Five Roads to S'Agaro. By K. G. Ballard. (Boardman, 12s. 6d.) Distinguished puzzle-thriller, set on deserted, winter-bound Costa Brava; well written and with suspense well maintained until all the ambiguous characters have loomed out of the mists in their true colours, and the chase has swept headlong round the craggy coast.