Books: Macguffin a Matter of Honor

by Jeffrey Archer Linden; 399 pages; $18.95

Jeffrey Archer is a writer of beach books (Kane & Abel; First Among Equals) who was once the youngest member of the House of Commons, and is now deputy chairman of Britain's Conservative Party. As writerly credentials go, these are well up on the customary "shipped out on a tramp steamer" and "parachuted into occupied France."

The trouble is with the author's photo on the reverse side of his new book, a shrewd and amiable thriller called A Matter of Honor. Archer is shown in full color, posing authoritatively in a blue pinstripe power suit, and carries an open volume, perhaps...

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