Books: The Trap

LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR

by JUDITH ROSSNER

284 pages. Simon & Schuster. $7.95.

This novel may be the literary sleeper of the summer. It is assaulting the bestseller lists and has been sold to the paperbacks for $300,000 and to the movies for $225,000. Mr. Goodbar richly deserves its success; it is a rare kind of book: both a compelling "page turner" and a superior roman à clef.

Five years ago, a young kindergarten teacher was murdered in her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Her death seemed to be another pitiful urban statistic: a woman...

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