May 08, 1989 12:00 PM

>A THEFT Ordinarily a little story like this one, about a lovelorn woman executive in Manhattan, would have “mini-series” stamped all over it; this one has “Nobel Prize” stamped all over it, since it was written by Saul Bellow. (Penguin)

KINGS OF COCAINE An arduous and dangerous research job by two Miami reporters, Guy Gugliotta and Jeff Leen, produced this unsettling account of the Latin American drug industry and its U.S. operations. (Simon & Schuster)

I DREAM A WORLD Brian Lanker’s collection of photographs of notable black American women is also a portrait of U.S. history. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

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