Books: Between Eagle and Cod

SEARCHERS AT THE GULF by Franklin Russell. 222 pages. Norton. $5.95.

Franklin Russell, 43, is a tall, sturdy, New Zealand-born nature writer with the kind of rugged looks that excite casting directors for beer commercials. He has been called the most interesting and accomplished writer in his field since Rachel Carson. (He is, in fact, far more accomplished; The Sea Around Us and The Edge of the Sea were basically beads -of fact strung on a thread of prose that often strained for poetic effect.) Unlike Miss Carson, however, Russell is not a sentry on the ecological DEW line. His books, Argen...

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