Bowles (1910-1999) was already an established music composer when, at 39, he published The Sheltering Sky and became widely recognized as one of the most powerful writers of the postwar period. From his base in Tangier, he produced novels, stories, and travel writings that set exquisite surfaces over violent undercurrents.

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THE COMMANDER
By Patrick A. Davis (Putnam, $25)


Former Air Force criminal investigator Major Burton Webber is now a civilian living with his wife in South Korea, but after a local bar girl is brutally murdered in a snazzy apartment, he's asked to help solve the crime. Along with a tough military cop and a Korean police detective, Webber tries to unravel the mystery of the girl's death, which seems at every turn to become further entangled in
a game rife with political coverup.

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music

art garfunkel
everything waits to be noticed
(manhattan records)

maia sharp and buddy mondlock join garfunkel on vocals to lead listeners through a journey of 13 songs with overlapping vocals and soothing melodies. on "the thread," the collaborators sing of nyc like a late-night stroll, and "the kid" has a plucking acoustic guitar accompaniment, with garfunkel's voice sounding as smooth as ever. several up-tempo numbers round out this contemporary pop offering. - j.e.m.