Books: Caveat Emptor

SOMETHING OF VALUE (566 pp.) —Roberf Ruark — Doubleday ($5).

For the first time in its 29-year history, the Book-of-the-Month Club has sent out with a selection the dissenting opinion of one of its judges. Miss Amy Loveman, 73, an editor of the Saturday Review, offers an outright caveat emptor; Robert Ruark's new novel is, she says, "shocking."

Columnist-turned-Author Ruark (Horn of the Hunter, Grenadine Etching) is not likely to mind. Months before his bloody, big novel of Kenya's Mau Mau rising was due in bookstores. Hollywood paid a reported $450,000 for it.

Except for a perfunctory romantic thread, the story is all about...

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