Picks and Pans Review: Kings in the Counting House

updated 07/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Herbert Mitgang

The author, cultural correspondent for the New York Times, brings back the hero of his last novel, The Montauk Fault, for this new adventure yarn. An editor who quit his job when his newspaper's new conglomerate owner insisted on giving readers what they wanted—fashion and fads—returns for the wake when the paper is shut down as unprofitable. Then the editor's old friend, a spymaster for the Air Force, enlists his aid, sending him to an international conference to try to devise a protective system for satellites. Readers may get the idea that Mitgang's anger about what is happening to newspapers these days (those that emphasize features instead of news, anyway) is far more important to him than either his characters or his plot. In the case of this sporadically successful novel, it is also more interesting. (Arbor House, $14.95)

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