Books: No Raincoats

THE NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL LOVER

by JOHN LE CARR£

455 pages. Knopf. $7.95.

Not much doubt about it: John le Carre will one day be spoken of as a novelist who once wrote some good spy stories. But not just yet. Right now he is probably in for a series of sermonettes advising him that The Spy Who Came In from the Cold was all very well, but writing real novels is a serious business.

His new book is a comic novel with decent depth to it and not an upturned raincoat collar in sight. Its...

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