Books: Nile Wiles

THE KEY TO REBECCA by Ken Follett; Morrow 381 pages; $12.95

"Fast is my normal speed," says Ken Follett, 31, who mastered his tempo at a Fleet Street typewriter. Fast is also the pace of the annual Follett bestseller. His latest thriller, The Key to Rebecca, streaks through the sands of plot with all the surprising velocity of one of General Erwin Rommel's panzer divisions in the North African desert—which happens to be where much of the novel takes place.

In the summer of 1942, Rommel's Afrika Korps has punched to within 15 miles...

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