Books: The Mysteries

NORTH FROM ROME, by Helen MacInnes (307 pp.; Harcourt, Brace; $3.95), is a sentimental travelogue spiced with a warning to all impulsive tourists: mind your own business. Horning in on a 3 a.m. kidnaping on the Via Veneto makes a lovelorn Harvardman miss the boat to New York, involves him with assorted dope peddlers, spies, a Sicilian triggerman turned legitimate, an Italian aristocrat turned Communist, and a dark-eyed golden-skinned Roman girl who did a turn at Radcliffe. It all leaves him too jumpy to enjoy the landscape between Rome and Perugia, or even...

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