Books: British O. Henry

SOMEONE LIKE You (359 pp.)—Roald Do/)/—Knopf ($3.50).

Mary Maloney was a tender, loving wife, but when her policeman husband tried to leave her, she crushed his skull with the nearest thing at hand: a leg of lamb fresh from the freezer. Without quite knowing it, Mary had committed a perfect crime. Before the commiserating police have finished their investigation at the Widow Maloney's house, the murder weapon has been cooked and eaten.

Mary's little leg of lamb is an unusual weapon, but no more unusual than Roald Dahl's plots. Someone Like You is a collection of 18 of the 37-year-old Briton's quietly savage...

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