Books: The Dying of the Light

WHEN THE WAR IS OVER by Stephen Becker. 240 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Like Diogenes, Stephen Becker has spent most of his career as a novelist searching for an honest man—or at least a protagonist who can face a tough moral decision with honesty. In A Covenant with Death, a youthful judge must decide the fate of a man who kills his executioner after being convicted of a murder that he did not commit. Juice concerns a wealthy businessman fighting the machinery mobilized to exonerate him of the drunken-driving death of a pedestrian. Now, in...

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