Books: Beverly Hills Baroque

THE ECSTASY BUSINESS by Richard Condon. 306 pages. Dial. $5.95.

Hollywood is beyond parody. Almost anything said or written about it, no matter how absurd, somehow, somewhere, some time comes close to the truth. Author Richard Condon, who spent 22 years as a pressagent for Producers Cecil B. DeMille, Sam Goldwyn, Darryl Zanuck, et a!., has tried to defy that basic Hollywood tenet by inventing a story so preposterous that it cannot possibly seem real. He has only partly succeeded.

The plot is hallucinogenic, the characters are monstrous, and the style is Beverly Hills...

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