Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

UPDATED 08/19/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/19/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT


EAST AND WEST DO MEET IN THIS ACIDIC, FUNNY T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE NOVEL, but the twain ends up offtrack. The protagonist, a Japanese sailor, jumps ship and ends up in a Georgia landscape Boyle slathers with pretension and bigotry—acknowledging the vices' strength as he skewers them. (Penguin, $8.95)


JAMES LEE BURKE BRINGS BACK HIS NEW ORLEANS DETECTIVE, DAVE ROBICHEAUX, whose mean mood—incited by a partner's murder—is (1) ominous for the escaped-con bad guys, (2) a source of gutsy pleasure for readers. (Avon, $4.95)

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