THE SMALL BACK ROOM, by Nigel Balchin. WWII Novel. (A Cassell Military Paperback)
This is a great novel that takes place in wartime Britain. Sammy Rice is a weapons scientist, one of Britain's "back room boys". A crippling disability and alcoholism have left him disillusioned and cynical. But the enemy are dropping a new type of booby trap bomb, causing many casualties. Only Sammy has the know how to defuse it. And as he comes face to face with real danger, a bomb that blown away men braver and better than he, all his old feelings of inadequacy return to haunt him. This true twentiety century classic novel was written in 1943 and was featured in an excellent cinema version in 1948. Softcover. 191 pages.