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''The Southerner" in England & Germany, Too
KIKER SCORES WITH FIRST NOVEL
1 by PC's Douglas
Kiker '52 emerged as
one of the leading fic-
tion selections offered
by Rinehart Company
This first novel by
the young Griffin, Ga.,
native is now being
published in both Eng-
land and Germany.
And even as the fruits
of his initial literary
effort come in, Kiker is preparing to sign with
Random House to produce his second book,
about the peacetime Navy.
The Southerner has proved to be one of those
unusual first novels which clicks with the read-
ing public and the critics alike. The respected
"New York Herald Tribune Book Review Sec-
tion" included this assessment in its September
1 review of the book:
"Douglas Kiker is a young novelist who here
pays his respects in his first book to an old-
fashioned belief. It is that even a 'problem'
novel should entertain.
"The Southerner is a story which is designed
to hold attention and it is narrated as compactly
as a first-rate mystery novel. It is narrated, too,
unusual in a problem novel, with wit and
humor and warmth, and with an engaging qual-
ity which one takes to be a projection of the
author's own personality."
The "problem" around which the story is
based centers about a Southern state's school
desegregation test case, or more precisely about
an assault trial which is a by-product of the
case, and of a young reporter's decision to be a
voluntary witness. It moves at a fast pace from
start to finish, swept along by crisp dialogue
Douglas Kiker, an outstanding student writer
and editor during his undergraduate days at
Presbyterian College, served as a reporter on
the "Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald" and the "At-
lanta Journal" in-between a hitch as a Navy
lieutenant. He is now back in the service as an
instructor at the Navy's Officer Candidate
School in Newport, Rhode Island, a position
which provides opportunity for his writing.
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