Books: Spruce Street Boy

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POINT OF No RETURN (559 pp.)—John P. Marquand— Little, Brown ($3.50).

Charley Gray closed the door of his $30,000 house in Sycamore Park, Conn, and eased himself into the Buick beside his wife. On this rainy spring morning in 1947, as she did every weekday morning, Nancy was driving him to catch the 8:30 train to his Fifth Avenue bank job in midtown Manhattan. To Charley, this always seemed the friendliest time of the day. He noticed how Nancy's hair curled below the edges of her green hat and he realized gratefully that...

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