Books: The Mysteries

THE BAD BLONDE, by Jack Webb* (245 pp.; Rlnehart; $2.75), is a neatly plotted, fast-moving yarn featuring those two old friends and collaborators in crimebusting, Sergeant Sammy Golden and Father Joseph Shanley. The Jewish cop and the Roman Catholic priest are not only believable characters; they emerge as intelligent, genuinely good men who, therefore, understand the nature of wrongdoing. When these two set out to nail a crook, the standard good-v.-evil struggle takes on depth and excitement. There is probably a valuable lesson here for writers of the unrelieved tough-guy school, in...

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