Books: Theological Thriller

EIGHT DAYS (370 pp.)—Gabriel Fielding—Morrow ($4.50).

Dr. Chance has not been a Catholic long enough to wear his new religion with serenity. At best it is a spiritual goad; at worst it is a scourge that keeps him in torment and sometimes torments his friends. He finds himself in North Africa for a vacation, an opportunity to think about his recent conversion and about his new status of widower. Yet he is already sitting in judgment. In a bar he is telling a Belgian prostitute he has just met that "making men happy" is wrong. A Catholic too, she replies: "You are...

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