Books: Fish Cake with Mustache

MILE HIGH by Richard Condon. 364 pages. Dial. $6.95.

The hideous possibility exists that Richard Condon has committed allegory. This saddening and unlikely conclusion is what remains after the reader has discarded all ordinary explanations for Mile High. The fine, demented gleam in Condon's eye has become a glitter, like that of a health-bar sign observed through the bottom of a celery-tonic bottle. All who fondly remember The Manchurian Candidate and Some Angry Angel will lament.

Condon's great and nourishing strength has always been his mania for mania. The mushy midsection of the human-behavior...

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