FICTION: Amorous Oilman

TAMPICO—Joseph Hergesheimer —Knopf ($2.50). To a forest of oil wells, peopled by Mexican bandits, derelict Yankees, greasy drillers, dollar-brained exploiters and always, always, their perfumes clinging, their bodies twining and hinting as only a close observer of exotic flesh could make them twine and hint, women of extreme temperature waiting in cafes, hotel lobbies and upper chambers, Govett Bradier, oil baron extraordinary, returns to complete the theft of an associate's wife, Vida Carew. He is convalescent from malaria but chronically passion-ridden. What time he hangs around Tampico, small bright knives slip...

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