Picks and Pans Review: November 22

updated 07/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bryan Woolley

"The people of Dallas were proud of themselves because they owed nothing to Nature, nothing to God, and, most emphatically, nothing to the federal government." That's the way a right-wing colonel, retired in disgrace, thinks of his chosen home on the evening before President Kennedy is assassinated there. This fictional re-creation of Dallas in 1963 is a many-textured novel that looks in on the lives of a cop, a black cab driver, a minor Texas politician, two winos, an ancient oilman, a newspaper reporter, a stripper and others. Woolley, a Dallas newsman, has no mercy on the city's few twisted people who insisted Kennedy was giving America to the Communists and cheered when he died. The author is at his best with small, telling details—especially with a young ministerial student who is trying to write a sermon that will make sense of it all. (Seaview, $12.95)

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