Books: Mouse In the Drawing Room

THE FACE OF INNOCENCE (253 pp.]—William Sansom — Harcourt, Brace ($3).

Harry Camberly's best friend could not have awakened from his afternoon snooze at a more awkward moment. A scant 20 feet from his screening bamboo thicket, on a deserted white strand of Riviera beach, lay Harry's blonde wife Eve and a sinewy French mechanic, making love. Harry's friend squeezed his eyes shut, but his mind ticked on furiously. "How could Eve prostrate herself in that atrocious way! What lunatic filth presumed in that man's upstart mind to lay a finger on her!" Suddenly, he "felt like murder." Harry's friend might not...

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