cover image Firebird


James Carroll. Signet Book, $5.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-451-16289-2

``This richly plotted romantic thriller blends a cast of well-drawn historical figures--J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson, Joseph McCarthy and the Rosenbergs, among others--with fictional heroes and villains to create a gripping study of an FBI man who can't stomach the fact that his duty is deception,'' praised PW. (Mar.)