Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE TENANTS OF TIME Set against Irish political history from 1867 to 1891, Thomas Flanagan's long, literary novel is memorable and beguiling. (Warner's)

LIGHTNING

Dean R. Koontz's 52nd novel—about a female writer protected by a mysterious guardian angel—flashes with vivid writing. (Berkeley)

1999: VICTORY WITHOUT WAR Richard Nixon puts on an optimistic face as he looks into the future of international relations. (Pocket)

RIDING THE IRON ROOSTER During a year of riding trains across China, master travel writer Paul Theroux finds a few little engines that can't (or aren't in the mood) and some fascinating people. (Ivy)

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