Books: Schlock Mimic


by Kirk Douglas

Random House; 306 pages; $19.95

The jutting jaw, the breaking voice, the intense glare have long made Kirk Douglas a favorite of stand-up mimics. At age 73 he has finally decided to join their ranks. In his first novel, Dance with the Devil, Douglas offers impressions of Harold Robbins and Judith Krantz.

There is the calorific opening scene: "He felt like a teenager -- eager to plunge into her, unable to hold back." The cumbrous exposition: "He always imagined that people were making fun of him behind his back, which was sometimes true." The...

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