Books: Days of Judgment

FERGUS by Brian Moore. 228 pages. Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. $5.95.

Almost 15 years ago, Brian Moore's first novel, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, earned for him a niche on the literary landscape. Though each of his five succeeding novels has received fine notices, Moore's highest praises have still been sung subterraneously by a few fond readers and fellow writers who refer his work to each other. For Moore is one of the last of a vanishing breed: the serious seeker who is also a consummate professional.

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