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THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, FEBRUARY 1, 1914 47 FICTION FOR FEBRUARY C lt 4 frooa resre S chllil," thers should ba If perfection be aJmsd at. Also and this ia the main point i-he reader's attention ia riveted from start to finish. What It there be aome read on who wish. In such itorlei, a style like roe'a, or, at least, the convincing air that Conan jDoyla knows how to conjure Into hla , creations. What if Mrs. Green e characters shiver and tremMe and faint and turn doathly white and confess Crimea and Indulge In cataleptic fits? What If thy never actually live! The fart rtrtnattu that they t tangled up In euch a shroud of mysterious crime that there, ia no help for the reader until he lets the author tear it from them in her own rood time, , drawl nit smilingly aeide, and exclaim: 'Tfow, dldyou ever think that the man who brained Mr. A., win not the loutish 11. nor the unllkahle C but that extremely respectable Mr. PT I)lt you, now?" And, ten to one. you will have to confess that you did not. ! : " Dark Hollow " ranka well with the irnod stories of Ita kind. Ita action li ewlft and terrible and sweeps the reader along o Irresistibly that shortcomings of atylo and characterisation are eaally overlooked, or not even noticed. In the fascination exerted by a well-wrought plot. ' After all, where Queen Melodrama and her devoted handmaiden, Mystery, play their parts well, he who wants more may lay himself onon to a charge of ever-eaptiousness. And these two ant certainly busy In " Kara Hollow." -! . . A word of sympathy must be said before turning the taat page In the book for that other well-known character of roelodrtuna. Uie long arm of coincidence. It receives a wranoh In this latest of Mr. Green's stories which. It la safe te say, will not be equaled in any book for some time, DAVll) LISLE'S STORY OF : A STAGE HEROINE. TUB IKH'I. OC I.irK. OH W HAT 1 UiVHT Hy lhnd l.ile. New Turk : rrederh.k A. Blokes Company . 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