Another episode in Dr. Bird's extraordinary duel with the scientific wizard Saranoff.
"Carnes, as you know, I dislike using women because they can't control their emotions or their expressions. She would just be in the way."
"It seems to me that she saved both our lives in Russia, Doctor, and but for her, you wouldn't have come out so well in your last adventure on the Aberdeen marshes."
"She did the first through uncontrolled emotions, and the second through a flagrant disobedience of my orders. No, don't tell her to come. Tell her not to come if she asks."
Carnes turned away, but hesitated.
"Doctor, I wish you'd let me have her come down here. I didn't trust her at first when you did, but she has proved her loyalty and worth. Besides, I don't like the idea of leaving her unguarded in Washington with you and me down here, and with Haggerty coming down."
Dr. Bird looked thoughtful.
"There's something in that, Carnes," he reflected. "All right, tell her to come along, but remember, she is not in on this case. She is being brought here merely for safety,
A drought has the U.S. in its grip for the second year, but Dr. Bird believes he knows the reason for the drought and that the Commie genius Ivan Saranoff is behind it.
Two-fisted, sexist nonsense, loaded with trite description and flabby plotting. Everyone can fake everyone else's voice, and a woman can pass as a man everyone knows. On the good side, it isn't very long.
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