Books: Amusing Armenian

HELL! SAID THE DUCHESS—Michael Arlen—Doubleday, Doran ($2). A trickster in a tricky trade. Author Dikran Kouyoumdjian (Michael Arlen) has altered the cut of his books at fashion's wink. Ladies in green hats are long passées, but duchesses are never out of style. Hell! Said the Duchess is nicely calculated to tickle the fancy of detective-story addicts, of tycoons tired of trilogies, of all persons except young children who are for the moment sick of being serious.

Author Aden's title is a calculated come-on. The Duchess never finishes the well-known sentence and Author Arlen's advertised salacious...