Books: Figg Leaves

THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE INFORMER (256 pp.) — Edward Hyams — Lippincott ($3.50).

This book starts with an engagingly simple idea: since British newspapers promote circulation by giving away prizes of automobiles, houses, radios and cash, why not offer readers something they can really get their teeth into? Why not, for instance, offer luscious Myrna Figg to the reader who can write the best love letter? Headed by a Machiavellian newspaperman, a group of literary zanies do just this. They take over an innocent weekly, The Slaughterhouse Informer, devoted to livestock prices, and stuff its dreary, beefy pages with scandalous matter. They feature Myrna...

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