Books: Cries of New London

DULCIMER STREET (637 pp.)—Norman Collins—Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($3).

The blonde screamed: "Let me out . . . let me out!" "You shut your trap," said Percy Boon. The car sped over London's lonely, foggy Wimbledon Common, and Police Constable Lamb, leaping over the curb to safety, glimpsed the struggling couple in the front seat. A few hours later, detectives in raincoats were standing over the blonde's dead body—while Percy, hatless, bloody, hysterical, ran desperately for shelter in the myriad streets of London.

London is what Norman Collins' book is really about. Percy and his blonde are simply two of the dozen-odd principal...

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