Books: How Not to Succeed

THE BOSS IS CRAZY, TOO by Mell Lazarus. 282 pages. Dial. $4.50.

A book, a Broadway musical, a movie. Authors die broke pursuing this three-way parlay, but Mell Lazarus seems headed for it with his first novel. It is already sold to Producer David Merrick (Oliver!) in New York, and three major studios have already made offers. Or rather, what Lazarus has sold is not a novel but a plot gimmick with grand comic possibilities.

Take the crooked, sadistic president of a trashy magazine publishing firm. Give him as fall guy one Carson Hempie, honest, hardworking, supremely naive art director in charge of...

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