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THE MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG by Ken Follett Morrow; 323 pages; $14.50

In the glorious spring of 1914, not all is dew-pearled. What with taxes, trade unions, the Irish and the suffragettes, England is going to the dogs. In Russia the throne is tottering and workers are out in the streets demanding democracy. In Germany, the Kaiser's men are oiling the guns of August. The Allies attempt to persuade Russia to engage the Boche on the eastern front. But the Bear hangs tough, and time is short.

This scenario is shrewdly amplified by an expert in the art of ransacking history for thrills....

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