A. J. Cronin’s latest novel is a devastating one—more realistic than any he has ever written. In The Judas Tree, the author of The Stars Look Down, The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom and The Green Years tells an engrossing story of a man beset by a supreme egoism which affects his entire life—particularly his relations with women. Rich, charming and accomplished, David Moray is a man especially attractive to women. From the depths of poverty he has risen to dazzling financial success and at a comparatively young age retired to Switzerland to enjoy its rewards. Detached from the dangers and anxieties of the world in the luxury of his beautiful estate, he is prepared to exist in perfect happiness. Without the slightest premonition of impending disaster, in a chance conversation at a party he is dramatically confronted with a situation which for years has caused him a deep sensation of guilt. When a young and impecunious medical student, he had fallen in love with a young Scottish girl and had committed himself to marry her, only to abandon her for another woman who could advance his career. With the highest intentions, he starts out to make good the damage of his first step in self advancement. Will he succeed?