Books: Bad Boy

RAY

by Barry Hannah

Knopf; 113 pages; $7.95

The hero of this deft assemblage is a doctor who practices in Tuscaloosa, Ala. What he practices, chiefly, is high-spirited swinishness. Ray dispenses morphine and other controlled substances to patients who are his friends; he also lends his friendly nurse to some of them. On the other hand, he pulls the plug on a cranky old man who annoys him. Unsteadily launched on his second marriage, Ray fools around with a succession of compliant women, while visions of high-heeled nudes out of Penthouse dance in his head. He looks back longingly to his days...

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