Books: Love in Commuterland

A PEAK IN DARIEN (252 pp.)—Roswell G. Ham Jr.—Putnam ($3.50).

Forty is the age of saints and suicides, according to Critic Cyril Connolly. Neither the idea nor the particular fates would ever have occurred to Maynard Wallace ("Wink1') Marshall, an urbane NBS nightly newscaster whose voice-charmed life demonstrates "how well a reasonably brainy man can do if he just doesn't use his brains.'' However. Wink does have an age problem, and it is all tied up with sex and suburbia.

At 42, Wink is a recent widower and an inveterate girl watcher. The girl is Virginia Jackson, a witchingly lovely item who appears...

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