Books: The Wattage of Inertia

THE FILE ON STANLEY PATTON BUCHTA by Irvin Faust. 274 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Good-looking, personable Stanley Patton Buchta, the lead in Irvin Faust's second novel, practices a special kind of fantasy. He believes in little except himself. Unfortunately, that self is mainly composed of pop-culture fragments, miscellaneous emotions and loose social ties. A New York City policeman who was raised in California and saw combat with the Army in Viet Nam, Stanley is an American tumbleweed of no discernible ethnic background. He is a composite of what Author Faust apparently takes to...

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