Books: Easy Driver

YELLOWFISH by John Keeble

Harper & Row; 310 pages; $11.95

Yellowfish is a searching novel of the contemporary Pacific Northwest that relies on an unchanging principle of the American adventure yarn: free, capable men enjoy bending the law, especially when they can keep moving at high speed. The book's title is slang for Chinese immigrants who illegally enter the U.S. Its hero, Wesley Erks, is heir to the frontier spirit, a man with "an eye used to sighting down a fence line and the barrel of a shotgun." But Erks is also a thoughtful man...

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