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OTHER NOVELS. The Breaking-Point. By Mary Roberts Rinehart. (Hodder and

Stoughton. 7s. 6d.)— Though we do not know if this novel has actually appeared in serial form, it has the ineradicable marks of such an origin. A recurrent state of irritation or suspense (a sort of seven- days' fever), an alternation of homely and adventurous incident, the whole soused in a wash of antiseptic emotion, mark the high-water of narrative skill as it is at present most appreciated. But there is certainly a pleasure in seeing anything efficiently done, and this, like most of the importa- tions from America, is points ahead of our native product as regards workmanship.—The Black Gang. By " Sapper." (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. 6d. net.)—" Sapper " is a master of the " thriller." The reader who cannot enjoy these new adventures of Bull-Dog Drummond is much to be pitied, for Youth is dead in him. But we wish Bull-Dog Drummond's conversation was not so complete a guide to English slang as it is not spoken by well-bred young men.

The Demon Wins : a Bad Start. By Nat Gould. (John Long. 2s. net.)—The library of a student of human nature is incomplete without one example of Mr. Nat Gould's novel.