Books: Bookends The Red Fox by Anthony Hyde

by Anthony Hyde Knopf; 321 pages; $17.95

The narrator of this drowsy thriller, now being whooped as a likely best seller, is a U.S. journalist who specializes in the Soviet Union. An old love has asked him to help find her missing stepfather, a Canadian tycoon. As the hero searches, he unravels the mystery of her birth and the farfetched identity of her aristocratic Russian mother.

The action ranges across North America, France and darkest Russia, none of it convincingly in focus. In New Hampshire, for instance, Author Hyde has the Soviet bad guys, who are driving a small runabout, stop off at a farm to pick up...

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