Books: Royal Flush

THE ABANDONED WOMAN by RICHARD CONDON 317 pages. Dial. $8.95.

When novelists take liberties with historical events, they have a pat defense: if things did not happen that way, they should have. In embroidering upon the stormy marriage between the Prince of Wales (later George IV) and Caro line of Brunswick, Novelist Richard Condon takes this defense and stands it on its head. If things did not happen to the real people involved as they are described in The Abandoned Woman, so much the better for them.

Condon's 15th novel is a brittle comedy of...

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