Books: Mercurial God

THE DINOSAUR FUND by VARTANIG G. VARTAN 391 pages. McGraw-Hill. $7.95.

A football game reminds Mutual-Fund Manager Denver Milliken of the stock market: anyone who hopes to succeed must have a plan. The lines that stock prices trace on a chart suggest to Milliken the curves of a woman's body —and, the reader suspects, vice versa. For Milliken, a 29-year-old fictional prototype of the "gunslingers" who rode high on Wall Street in the late '60s, the market is everything: father, mother, wife and mistress; food, drink and recreation; be-all and end-all.

Which makes him a rather dull fellow to be the protagonist of...

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