Books: Loose Ends

THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN by Robert Lindsey

Simon & Schuster; 358pages; $12.95

A spy story need not be fiction to tax credulity. Take the absurd story of Christopher Boyce and Daulton Lee. Christopher was a thoughtful, well-behaved boy with a passion for falconry and ambition for the priesthood. Daulton was a young "snowman," a dealer in cocaine and other drugs to the bored and coddled youth of Southern California.

Their espionage career began in 1974 after Christopher's father, an FBI man turned electronics executive, got his son a $140-a-week job with TRW Defense and Space Systems Group near Los Angeles. The young...

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