Books: Stilled Life


by Lawrence Sanders

Putnam; 412 pages; $9.95

Covetousness, for those who don't sin or don't keep count, is the second deadly sin. Pride is the first, and lust is No. 3, though not necessarily in order of popularity. In Lawrence Sanders' new novel, these and most of the other numbered transgressions come into play as someone murders Painter Victor Maitland at his studio in Lower Manhattan.

Who stabbed Maitland? Apparently someone who knew him, because there was no sign of forced entry. To know Maitland was to loathe him; he was...

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