The Man Who Wanted More

OUTERBRIDGE REACH by Robert Stone

Ticknor & Fields; 409 pages; $21.95

Roughly half of this novel, Robert Stone's fifth, is occupied with putting together the complicated and elaborate house of cards that will spectacularly blow apart during the second half. In less assured hands, such a long swatch of narrative exposition might seem cumbersome, even a little tedious. Not so in Outerbridge Reach. A lot happens in Stone's fiction, especially when nothing particular seems to be going on. The author's laconic prose manages to be both dexterous and sinister.

Stone's task this time resembles the ones he undertook in such previous...

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