September 18, 1978 12:00 PM

by Craig Jones

Someone has been murdered—and the subtle horror that goes with learning who did it and why makes this an unsettling thriller. It’s a first novel by a Brooklyn high school teacher, and he drops deft hints of an awful family secret that lead to a stunning, not to mention slightly repulsive, climax. Not since The Bad Seed has there been such a loathsome child or a parent so chillingly victimized. (Harper & Row, $8.95)

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