Books: d-Olatry

THE DICE MAN by Luke Rhinehart. 305 pages. Morrow. $6.95.

Middle-age panic is an adrenaline that flows through many American novels. The hero's symptoms seldom vary. The taste of a stale marriage is on his lips. A run-of-the-treadmill job is under his feet. Falling hair is in his comb, and gray rather than great expectations cloud his eyes. Literary ways of dealing with this theme naturally vary. The approach chosen by Luke Rhinehart for his first novel is to consider the middle-age heebie-jeebies as a condition of the soul,...

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