Books: Movie-Cute

SOME CAN WHISTLE

by Larry McMurtry

Simon & Schuster

348 pages; $19.95

Some authors write good novels, and others write novels that get made into good movies. Larry McMurtry has managed to do both, and at the same time. His highly praised fiction includes several titles -- The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment -- that are probably more familiar to filmgoers than to readers. And Lonesome Dove, for which he was awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize, won huge ratings last winter as a TV mini-series.

A similar sort of success may await Some Can Whistle, McMurtry's 13th novel. If so,...

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