25 OCTOBER 1930, Page 41

THE DYING ALDERMAN. By Henry Wade. (Constable. 7s. 6d.)--TO be

confronted with the sole charge of a murder ease within a few hours of being introduced to police work, when, moreover, the victim is one of the council that employs you, and you find yourself suspecting another prominent member of that council of being the criminal, is to be in a position of considerable delicacy. The new Chief Constable of Greenborough tried to evade the issue by calling in Scotland Yard, and most of this book describes the false trails that the Yard's representative pursued. In the end the responsibility remains upon the Chief Constable's shoulders, and he discharges it. In the meantime we are given a very balanced and entertaining picture of life in a small city, and an acute analysis of some interesting characters. Mr. IVade's work is worth reading for more than the mere puzzle of the plot.