Books: Fiction

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AGE OF THUNDER — Frederic Prokosch — Harper ($2.50). Once again the author of The Conspirators silkily mixes mysticism and melodrama in an allegorical account of an underground agent's mission. In search of the spiritual dry rot besetting occupied France, the agent, Jean-Nicolas Martin, finds meaning for his own life in the love of a darkly beautiful Italian miss.

THE POWER HOUSE — Alex Comfort —Viking ($3). One brooding young mill worker blows up a train and another strangles his overbearing, nymphomaniac mistress in this doggedly realistic novel of French...