Bookends: Jun. 8, 1987


by Aline, Countess of Romanones

Random House; 304 pages; $18.95

The cloak was by Balenciaga; the dagger could come from anyone -- a bullfighter, a bellboy, a ballroom dancing partner. During World War II, Aline, Countess of Romanones lived a life of glamour and danger that Ingrid Bergman only played at in Notorious. Born Aline Griffith in Pearl River, N.Y., the former Manhattan model joined the Office of Strategic Services and was posted to Madrid in 1944, where she decoded messages at the American Oil Mission. The OSS called her Tiger. Her orders: to flush out Gestapo...