Picks and Pans Review: The Main Chance

updated 07/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Jules Witcover

This first novel by a Washington political columnist is of course about a Washington columnist who is fending off a crooked ousted President who wants the office again. It is a surprisingly bad novel, humorless, obvious in its plotting and constantly slowed by explanations about how newsmen work, tedious stuff to sophisticated Watergate-era readers. Curiously enough, the characters seem not to be modeled on real people. They seem derived from other books, twice removed from life. (Viking, $9.95)

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