Books: Dies Irae

Dies Irea

KILLING EVERYBODY by MARK HARRIS 277 pages. Dial Press. $6.95.

Mr. Brown, the protagonist of Mark Harris' new novel, is a man who cannot even bring himself to exterminate a neighbor's annoying dog. Yet his mind is a charnel house of potential victims, executed because he thinks nearly everyone around him helped send his mistress's son to death in Viet Nam. Incurably infected by the anger and violence of the past decade, Brown fires off anonymous and threatening letters to presidents, neighbors, even chance acquaintances who displease him.

His city is a surrealized San Francisco. The time is a lobotomized and indeterminate...

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