Books: A Murder Gallery

THE SECRET STREAM (224 pp.)—Marcel Aymeé—Harper ($2.75).

Like most good French wines, French Novelist Marcel Aymeé travels well. Although French custodians of palms and prizes rate him as a deuxieėme cru—a secondary growth—he has been highly praised in the U.S. as one of the best products of his country. The reason for the difference in taste probably is that Satirist Ayme's dry caricatures hit the American palate as typically Gallic. Such novels as The Barkeep of Blemont and The Miraculous Barber have been so successful here that his U.S. publishers have now dug out one that is 18 years old. It turns...

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