Picks and Pans Review: The Boys in the Mail Room

updated 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Iris Rainer

All young men who start out in Hollywood studio mail rooms become giants of the business. That, anyway, is the premise of this overwrought novel about four ex-mail boys at "Hemisphere Studios." It is a sordid story about angry, frustrated people, obsessed by sex and power. The author, according to the jacket flap, is a former actress who writes for television. Her book reads like a failed script for the Dallas series—all flash, cliché and loud background music to fuzz over the silliness and cartoon quality of the dialogue and characters. Between the four-letter words, there is so much Yiddish that one could use a glossary. (Morrow, $11.95)

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