THE CAR THIEF
by THEODORE WEESNER
370 pages. Random House. $6.95.
Alex Housman steals cars. At 16, already in trouble because he has rifled high school gym lockers and lifted a wad of bills from the wallets there, he is off in a coppertone Buick Riviera his 14th car"joyriding" with a tense joylessness through his slushy Michigan factory town, watching for cops, indulging his quick-fade fantasies of ownership and manhood.
He is caught. With a cavalier imprudence he has given the camel's hair coat in the back seat to a girl he hardly knows, and...