Books: Auric Mysteries

THE MONEY GAME by 'Adam Smith.' 302 pages. Random House. $6.95.

Who is this author who sports the name of the 18th century philosopher of capitalism and who gambols over the arcane and volatile ground of Wall Street and international finance? John Kenneth Galbraith pleads innocent. Is the Wall Street Journal perhaps sheltering an upstart? No. Impeccable leaks lead to George J. W. Goodman, 37, a former Rhodes scholar, novelist (The Wheeler Dealers), onetime writer for TIME and FORTUNE, and now editor of a journal for mutual-fund managers. A shade under medium height, conservatively sheared, dressed and spectacled, Goodman blends in perfectly...