Books: Cop-Out

THE DICK by Bruce Jay Friedman. 310 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

Like most of the walking wounded in the novels, stories and plays of Bruce Jay Friedman, Kenneth LePeters is a smudge of ethnic traditions, sexual and racial conflicts, and the internal bleeding caused by the status game — America's most dangerous contact sport.

Specifically, he is a secret Jew, fear ful of exposure, who holds one of the most ambiguous pseudo jobs ever dissembled by the mind of organization man. He clips murder stories from news papers for a homicide bureau in a large Eastern city. Neither true dick nor full flack, he...

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