Books: H Is for Horse

FLEE THE ANGRY STRANGERS (480 pp.) —George Mandel — Bobbs-Merrill ($3.75).

To earn his literary bread & butter many a novelist from Defoe to Dostoevsky has turned to the news for a fiction plot. The best of them make enduring fiction out of passing fact by drawing deep on their imagination. In Flee the Angry Strangers, Novelist George Mandel has picked a headline subject—drug addiction among teen-agers—but has given it little more than a gaping doubletake.

His heroine, Diane Lattimer, 18, has just broken out of a reformatory. She prides herself on being a...

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