Books: Success & Salvation

After Suspense and Sex, the S ingredient that most often brings bestsellerdom is Salvation. That lofty subject, sprinkled with touches of the first two, is the theme of two briskly selling women's novels. They have nothing more than that to recommend them.

TELL NO MAN, by 73-year-old Adela Rogers St. Johns (444 pages; Doubleday; $5.95), is a soap opera of flapping metaphors and dangling syntax that asks: Can an "upstanding, up-and-coming, go-getting, moneymaking, sports-minded, about-town-business-and-Yale man" chuck his $50,000-a-year job and find happiness as a minister? The gospel according to St. Johns is...

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