Worst of Pages

updated 12/22/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/22/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

A Matter of Honor
Jeffrey Archer

This dopey spy tale came out before the British author-politician, in a far more entertaining plot, was exposed in a real-life scandal involving a prostitute.

"Q" Clearance
Peter Benchley

While this novel is about the voracious power brokers in and around the White House, Benchley was a lot better when he was dealing with sharks that have fins.

Bus 9 to Paradise
Leo Buscaglia

You'd be better off taking the 168 to Hackensack.

James Clavell

The author got $5 million for this bore about a bunch of helicopter pilots escaping from Iran as Khomeini takes over, and judging by its length he seems to have gotten about $1 a word.

Home Front
Patti Davis with Maureen Strange Foster

In an inept novel about a spoiled and unhappy girl whose father becomes President, the Second Daughter and sometime actress embarrasses both Mommy and Daddy, not to mention herself.

Slaves of New York
Tama Janowitz

There seems to be a notion in the book business these days that any novel about artsy weirdos in Manhattan is worth publishing; here is a prime example of why that's a rotten notion.

Regrets Only
Sally Quinn

In sleazier fashion than Jackie Collins—and that's saying something—the formerly respectable journalist does a sort of Washington Wives.

Children of Light
Robert Stone

Let's all raise our right hands and promise that when we become famous writers and sell a book to the movies, we will not immediately turn around and produce a novel about how soul rending it is to be a sensitive author in Hollywood.

Nature's End
Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka

Meanwhile, back at the end of the world, the Warday boys write us off again, though there are nights at K mart that have more drama.

Bardot Deneuve Fonda
Roger Vadim

Any nubile actresses who are thinking of having a fling with that jolly Roger of the emotions might want to read this kiss-and-sell memoir before they go any further.

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