Books: Detachment on the Inside

THE EMBEZZLER by Louis Auchincloss. 277 pages. Houghfon Mifflin. $4.95.

Among authors who have written about the rich, from Thackeray to Fitzgerald, envy in the form of satire has often leaked onto the page. But Louis Auchincloss has no reason to envy the rich. He is a member of the club, an urbane, 48-year-old member of his elected fictional milieu—old families, old money and old schools. As do his other books, this tenth novel presents a balanced, unjudgmental insider's view of the world he knows. The Embezzler, in fact, is unjudgmental almost to a...

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