Books: Lady in the Dark

THE POSSESSION OF JOEL DELANEY by Ramona Stewart. 246 pages. Little, Brown. $5.95.

This is a second-generation offspring of Rosemary's Baby, almost certain to make a bundle. Though the author is shown on the jacket sparring with a really splendid-looking stripey cat, her literary device is not witchcraft but the possession of a vapid, drugged human body by an espíritus perturbados, in this case the troubled spirit of a murdered Puerto Rican boy armed with a switchblade.

Everything else is in place, however. The upper-middle-class setting; the Upper East Side New York matron with a standard liberal distrust of superstition and black magic,...

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