Books: Hope Against Hope

THE PROFESSOR'S DAUGHTER by Piers Paul Read. 276 pages. Lippincott. $6.95.

Piers Paul Read is a young English novelist with a specialty: exposing false innocents. He writes cool little horror stories about decent, well-intentioned people who suddenly find themselves up to their lily-white necks in evil. Good but tragically unaware Germans before World War II (The Junkers), for instance. Or the rich English boy (Monk Dawsori) who sets out to be a saint, rather as if he were joining a club. Almost sinisterly quiet in tone, Read is a sad, skilled connoisseur of...

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