Books: Misfire

THE PISTOL (158 pp.)—James Jones —Scribner ($3).

No one, not even the author, is so uncritically impressed by a commercially successful book as the lucky publisher. But James Jones's publisher must have done some hard thinking about The Pistol, a "novel" which almost certainly would never have reached type if it had not come from the man who wrote From Here to Eternity. Following as it does last year's Some Came Running, it raises the most horrendous publisher's question of all: Is the fellow really a one-book man?

Neither novel nor novella nor long short story, The Pistol tells about an infantry private...

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