Books: Fadeouts and Flagellation

THE SHADOWBOXER by Noel Behn. 31 7 pages. Simon & Schuster. $5.95.

By now, jaded readers of international spy fiction expect to get two books in one: a perversely complicated thriller and a perverted sado-sexual romp at least as inventive as the wares on the pornography shelf. The Shadowboxer is expertly fitted out to supply both.

As labyrinthine as the author's best-selling Kremlin Letter, it is set mostly in Central Europe late in World War II. The adversaries are a depraved lot of American military and a handful of German exiles—who all want to beat the Allies at setting up the postwar government...

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