Books: Dead Souls

KILLINGS by Calvin Trillin Ticknor & Fields; 231 pages; $14,95

The Marco Polo of Junk Food, as he is known to awestruck lesser feeders, is renowned for his courageous researches into such regional American delicacies as barbecued chicken wings and Philadelphia cheese steaks. Here he is on a less eupeptic journey. We may assume that Calvin Trillin occasionally takes on a plateful of crab cakes or refried beans, but only as fuel. As his title indicates, this time Topic A is violent death.

To write about killings, as he does it in the pieces collected...

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