THE FAMILY ARSENAL
by PAUL THEROUX
309 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $8.95.
By nature of their trade, terrorists are hard to get to know. Ordinarily, they keep a low profile. When they do call attention to themselves, it is usually too late for their victims to strike up a lasting acquaintance. Fiction, on the whole, is a better place than real life to meet mad bomberssafer and, as The Family Arsenal demonstrates, more fun.
Not that Paul Theroux's seventh novel is a joyride, but it is old-fashioned entertainment in the mode perfected by Graham Greene. Theroux sets an odd quartet to housekeeping in seedy south...