Books: Internal Combustion

THE BETSY by Harold Robbins. 502 pages. Trident Press. $7.95.

Yes, junk fans, it's a mano a mano for novelists who are all thumbs. Two of the greatest schlockmeisters in the history of solid waste have just published novels about the auto industry. Arthur Hailey's Wheels appeared at the beginning of the fall season (TIME, Oct. 11). Now comes Harold Robbins to gun down Hailey with—The Carburetors! No, with The Betsy.

It is called that because a 91-year-old automotive pioneer named Loren Hardeman sees his great-granddaughter Betsy swimming naked one day, and this makes him think about cars, and he decides to come...

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