Books: Killing Time on Cape Cod

TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE by Norman Mailer Random House; 229 pages; $16.95

The title seems to invite snappy responses. Oh yeah? Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, either, and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. But it takes Author Norman Mailer only a few pages to dispel any notion that he is dealing in parody, self-or otherwise. Tough Guys Don't Dance is, for openers, an engaging murder mystery, vividly set in a locale (Provincetown, Mass.) that Mailer, a sometime homeowner there, knows as well as the back of his fist. The book also raises questions besides whodunit....

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