cover image The Book of Evidence

The Book of Evidence

John Banville. Warner Books, $8.99 (219pp) ISBN 978-0-446-39253-2

A former scientist who pointlessly murdered a woman during a robbery attempt describes his amoral, aimless life as he awaits trial. ``Banville's style, which is spare yet richly eloquent, and his extraordinary psychological penetration, are what lift his novel to a level of comparison with Camus's The Stranger and Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment ,'' said PW. (July)