Books: For the Publicity

THE G-STRING MURDERS—Gypsy Rose Lee—Simon & Schusfer ($2).

When H. L. Mencken called Stripteaser Gypsy Rose Lee an ecdysiast* ten years ago, Gypsy (whose finale at the time consisted in dropping her garter belt in the tuba) called Mencken an intellectual snob, accused him bitterly of reading books. Now Gypsy has committed the final act of intellectual snobbery, written a book herself. It is a lurid, witty and highly competent detective story.

Gypsy has long dropped easy references to Huxley, Spinoza, "the ancients." "I've got 5,000 books up at my place in the country,"...

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