Books: In Out of the Cold War

THE ANTI-DEATH LEAGUE by Kingsley Amis. 307 pages. Harcourt, Brace. $5.95.

IT'S A FREE COUNTRY by Leonard Brain. 192 pages. Coward-McCann. $4.50.

THE STATESMAN'S GAME by James Aldridge. 309 pages. Doubleday. $4.95.

Three spy novels that came in out of the cold war raise questions beyond the mere mechanics of this kind of fiction.

They are each by an English writer, and the English have excelled at this kind of thing since Doyle, Buchan and Oppenheim foiled the foreign malefactors. But something has happened to the genre since those simple times when everybody knew who the...

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