15 SEPTEMBER 1961, Page 25

It's a Crime

The Grave of Heroes. By James Cross. (Heine- mann, 18s.) Long, efficient political thriller, set in Paris, with a Left-wing Spanish refugee writing the book that will blow the gaff on a Caribbean dictator, and a liberal American journalist in love with the wife of a corrupt French editor, the heir to a great Radical name, which he is ready to betray for money. Paris and Riviera background very temptingly drawn; the plot pretty close to some of the facts of political life; and plenty of reasonably plausible action.