Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 07/11/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1988 01:00AM

>BEST INTENTIONS A black prep school student, Edmund Perry, 17, is killed while apparently mugging a white New York cop. Robert Sam Anson's exhaustive reporting on the case (alluded to in Michael Jackson's Bad video) adds up to a tragically moving book. (Vintage)

STARING AT THE SUN Julian Barnes's novel about a woman who lives to 100 is indeed dazzling. (Perennial)

MORE DIE OF HEARTBREAK You won't like Saul Bellow's characters, but his biting observations about marriage and aging make for a lively novel. (Dell)

MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN The protagonist of this adroit H.F. Saint novel is a Wall Street broker whose actions you really can see through. (Dell)

WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO? This unique mystery is the surprising work of Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa. (Collier)

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