The River Line


byCharles Morgan.
Marmillau, $2.75.
A melodramatic plot situation; distinguished prose; and an inquiry into the nature of responsibility, guilt, and the spirit of the Western democracies are the main ingredients in the latest novel by the author of The Fountain and Sparkenbroke. They add up to a book which does not quite come off — better than average but not up to Mr. Morgan’s par.
The trouble is that he has fashioned the kind of story that should have a great deal of suspense, and he doesn’t keep the reader guessing enough of the time. As to the philosophizing: interesting, but only mildly.