Books: Behind Closed Doors

WAITING FOR WINTER by John O'Hara. 466 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Not many people come to a good end in the pages of John O'Hara. Lissome Andrea Cooper departs through a hotel window. Jimmy Rhodes dies of a precoital heart attack. Charles Kinsmith slips on the ice and expires after a bout of total recall. John Wesley Evans discovers that he is going blind. General Dixon L. Hightower quietly turns transvestite. Even Jack Harrison aboard his luxury yacht is oppressed by the thought that his crew plans to kill him.

O'Hara readers can confidently expect...

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