Books: Retribution in Haiti

THE PENCIL OF GOD (204 pp.)—Pierre Marcelin and Philippe Thoby-Marcelin —Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

Diogène Cyprien, prosperous Haitian trader, had only one serious weakness: women. Otherwise, he was a most estimable citizen, honest in business and kind to his children. When his old mother died, he promised her to abide by most of the Christian virtues, but he drew the line at being faithful to his wife. And when he set eyes on the luscious Lourdes, with her full mouth and hypnotic eyes, he knew temptation had struck again. He went on another fling.

Fling and consequences form the action of The Pencil of...

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