Books: Murder at Woo Poo

DRESS GRAY by Lucian K. Truscott IV Doubleday; 489 pages; $10.95

The offspring of heroes often choose between emulation and rejection. In the category of the overreaching emulator, consider George S. Patton III. As an Army colonel in 1968, he sent out a Christmas card: a photograph of a pile of Vietnamese corpses, with the inscription "Peace on Earth." In the Oedipal upmanship of military dynasties, Patton's father, the ivory-pistoled mystic brute of World War II, was a tough act to follow.

Lucian K. Truscott IV also bears a refulgent military name. His...

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