Books: No Need for Irvings

THE LAST ONE LEFT by John Mac-Donald. 369 pages. Doubleday. $4.95.

During the past 20 years, John D. MacDonald, now 50, has written 600 short stories and 53 books (A Flash of Green, The Girl, the Goldwatch and Everything) that have sold 32 million copies around the world. His fans will know just what ingredients to expect in his newest novel: busy, well populated pages, a swift and intricate plot, strong characters, believable dialogue, a surfeit of sex and violence. The late Ian Fleming, no mean tale spinner himself, said, "I automatically buy every John D. MacDonald as it comes out."

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