Books: Notable

DOG SOLDIERS by ROBERT STONE 342 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $8.95.

During the waning days of U.S. involvement in Viet Nam, a journalist named John Converse takes up with a bored American expatriate woman in Saigon. She invites him to buy an interest in three kilograms of pure heroin. Once this deadly package is safely Stateside and distributed to her friends, Converse will earn $40,000. He agrees, persuades an acquaintance, Ray Hicks, to smuggle the heroin to California. There, Converse's wife Marge will take possession and pay Hicks off.

The stark evil in this plan quickly flowers into nightmare. Two...

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