Books: The Rivals

SAVING THE QUEEN

by WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR.

248 pages. Doubleday. $7.95.

THE EDGE

by JOHN V. LINDSAY

236 pages. Norton. $7.95.

A moral can be found in these two fledgling fictions by public figures: aspiring novelists should try to avoid becoming mayor of New York. William F. Buckley Jr. was lucky. He lost his 1965 campaign and has since had plenty of time to tend to his twitting—in articles, books of nonfiction, the National Review and on TV's Firing Line. John V. Lindsay was not so fortunate. He not only won first prize in 1965...

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