Books: Stop Press

I SHOULDN'T BE TELLING YOU THIS by Mary Breasted

Harper & Row; 361 pages; $15.95

BYLINES by Bernard Weinraub

Doubleday; 590 pages; $17.95

DEADLINES by Desmond Ryan

Norton; 285 pages; $15.50

Deep in the desk of every hardbitten, wisecracking, deadline-haunted reporter, alongside the bourbon and the Maalox, is an unfinished novel. Typically, the manuscript is not about great events but about what is truly important to the journalistic fraternity: sex, office politics, money, fame and lunch. That, at least, is the message of these three novels by and about newspaper reporters.

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