Books: Literary Conglomerate

THE ODESSA FILE by FREDERICK FORSYTH 337 pages. Viking. $7.95.

After The Day of the Jackal any new book by Frederick Forsyth is likely to come on as a literary conglomerate. Flaunting its paperback and film sales, Reader's Digest condensation, etc., Odessa does just that. Its list of book clubs reads like the tag end of a distinguished obituary—member of Literary Guild, Saturday Review, Book Find and Playboy. Despite such signs of prosperity, the book is a mixed offering.

Forsyth offers a good deal of thinly disguised journalism (very good) about Odessa, the secret organization set up by the German SS...

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