Books: Anybody Seen O'Brien?

STRANGER COME HOME (369 pp.)—William L. Shirer—Little, Brown ($3.95).

William Lawrence (Berlin Diary) Shirer is not the man to stop writing novels just because he is not very good at it.

His latest is Stranger Come Home, which comes with the assurance that all its characters are "imaginary." But any moderately attentive reader will begin naming the originals who inspired them almost at once, will feel in the end what is sadly true: that Stranger is a sour mash of stale news stories. The only bit of imagination connected with Author Shirer's book is...

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