Books: The Long Wait

HIGH TOWERS (403 pp.)—Thomas B. Costain—Doubleday ($3).

After nibbling at High Towers, a reader might well conclude that Author Costain, who is an old hand at whipping up best-selling bonbons about the past (The Black Rose; The Moneyman), no longer has his heart in his work. In this surprisingly sedate historical romance, little blood is spilled, the solitary battle is brief and tame, and not a single damsel is seduced.

With the speed and grace of an old dray horse, High Towers creaks along with the meandering story of the mighty Le Moyne family which settled in Montreal in the 17th Century, profited...

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