Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 09/28/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/28/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>FIELD OF THIRTEEN Dick Francis The bestselling British mystery writer and former jockey once again saddles up a winner in this fast-paced collection of stories set in the racing world. (Putnam, $24.95)

RULES OF THE WILD Francesca Marciano

In this lush first novel, an Italian expatriate in Africa wavers between two lovers—a safari guide and a journalist—and their disparate worldviews. (Pantheon, $23)

EXPLAINING HITLER Ron Rosenbaum What made Hitler so evil? There are dozens of conflicting theories, the most engaging of which are dissected here. (Random House, $30)

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