Books: A Core of Fear

HORN by D. Keith Mano. 337 pages. Houghfon Mifflin. $5.95.

If Dante were alive today, he might well add another circle in the lower depths of his Inferno. Inhabiting this new pit of horror would be the warring Negro leaders of Harlem and the meddling white man who tries to understand them. It is just such a journey into hell that D. Keith Mano, a white author, describes with Dantesque fervor in his second novel, Horn.

Mano's narrator is Calvin Beecher Pratt, a timid, fat, white Episcopal priest who leaves a cloistered, scholarly life to take over a crumbling empty church in...

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