Books: Suburban Sleep

RUNNING WILD by J.G. Ballard

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

104 pages; $12.95

Something horrible, instantly dubbed by the British tabloids as the Pangbourne Massacre, has occurred in an elegant, exclusive development west of London: 32 adult residents of the tasteful new houses have been murdered, and 13 children have disappeared. Baffled investigators, ranging from the local police up to the Home Office and Scotland Yard, eventually call on Dr. Richard Greville, a psychiatrist who specializes in criminal behavior. Running Wild is his report.

It is also the latest novel by J.G. Ballard, a world-class writer of science fiction (The Day of...

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