Books: Assassin's Thoughts

THE ASSASSIN—Liam O'Flaherty—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

A little more than a year ago, an Irish political leader, Kevin O'Higgins, walked on a street in Dublin. It was Sunday and he was going to church. An automobile sped down the avenue. Some men who had been loitering on the sidewalk suddenly became active. Thus was Kevin O'Higgins assassinated.

Mr. Liam O'Flaherty, like all other Irishmen, was interested. To him the act was not a futile political gesture. Instead, he personalized it. What, he asked, did the assassin think of, before; what did he do, after?

In the person of Michael McDara, he draws the sudden nauseating...

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