Books: Club Pro at Work

THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER

by KINGSLEY AMIS 234 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

$6.95.

Kingsley Amis has some of the suaver qualities of a clubroom raconteur. His stories seem to be told over brandy and cigars. But they are not retellings after the fashion of the club bore. He assumes the company of his peers, those upon whom a certain amount of wit, irony and the play of a fanciful intelligence will not be totally lost.

By making the hero of this detective story a 14-year-old boy, Amis cleverly combines, in mild parody, two ultra-British literary...

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