Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 2, 1972 · Page 13
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 13

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, September 2, 1972
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'Playboy' plans racy new magazine books Alton Evening Telegraph Section B, Page 1 By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Book Editor Next month, Playboy magazine tycoon Hugh Marston Hefner launches a new magazine "Oui," which is described as a "publication designed for the Continental mind," meaning it is going to be racier than "Playboy." The new magazine is being published to try and stop the gigantic circulation gains being made by "Penthouse," Saturday, Sept. 2, 1972 a London-based softcore sex magazine that began publishing two years ago and Best of mystery stories now has a circulation of two million. "Penthouse" is far racier and yolder than "Playboy," which Hefner launched in 1955 with $900 in borrowed money and a kitchen table for an office. Hefner likes to think of "Playboy 1 ' as a sophisticated magazine and strongly resists any suggestion that it change it's editorial policy to that of "Penthouse." "Penthouse" brags that it does not retouch its photographs of nudes and its letters column is filled with revelations of sexual fantasies by its readers. Playboy has liberalized its editorial policy somewhat and its nude pictures are more revealing. Some people were shocked this month when the September issue of the magazine earned extensive male nudity. Since Hefner didn't want to drastically change "Playboy," he decided to put out another magazine and has begun publishing "Oul" as the answer to "Penthouse." "We feel the market time is right for this magazine," a Playboy spokesman told the Telegraph. "We have studied the market and decided that the younger men want a publication of this type." Bob Guccionne, publisher of "Penthouse," reached at his New York office, said he is "amused" by the new Playboy-venture. ••'When we started our magazine, people said we were crazy to try and fight. Playboy. They don't say that anymore," he said. Like Hefner, Guccionne is personally involved in most of his magazine's production. Unlike Hefner, Guccionne is a good photographer and shoots many of the nude photo layouts himself. "We have plans for expansion in this country and hope to begin building Penthouse Clubs here soon," he said. A Penthouse club is currently open in London. Guccionne owns 100 per Best-sellers FICTION ''Jonathan Livingston Seagull," Bach "The Winds of War," Wouk "My NAME IS Asher Lev," Potok "Captains And The Kings," Caldwell cent of the Penthouse operations, which now includes resort hotels and gift products. When asked if he thought he could stand the new competition, he laughed. "In the words of my competitor," he said. "Out." "The Word," Wallace NONF1CT10N "0 Jerusalem!," Collins and Lapierre "I'm O.K., You're O.K.," Harris "George S. Kaufman," Teicb- mann BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR - 1972: 26th Annual Collection. Edited by Allen J. Hubin. Button. $6.95. Ernest Hemingway once said he envied the writer of detective and mystery stories because they have the ability to conceive more good plot angles and twists than any other type of writer. He wanted to write good mystery stories and tried, in a roundabout way, with the Nick Adams series that was recognized more as adventure than mysteiy fare. "Best" is a collection of 16 mysteries which deserve the title. All are very good and some are even classics. Included is "Duel," by Richard Matheson, a haunting Story of a driver of a small compact car on a lonely country road who has to duel with a huge gasoline tanker truck and its unknown driver. Matheson makes it more than just a battle with a track, but also a representation with man's frustrations with all machines. The story, which first appeared in Playboy magazine, was made into a television movie last year. Jack Ritchie, a veteran mystery writer, provides one of the best entries with "Take Another Look," a stoiy about a tough homicide cop who is banished to the records division after he gives a traffic ticket to the mayor's son. After this humiliation, the detective busies himself by studying cases that are 25 years old or more and trying to solve them. The results are fascinating. An entry from Michael Crichton, author of the "Andromeda Strain" and other best sellers, entitled "The Most Powerful Tailor in the World" proves that he is also a very accomplished mystery writer. Best story in the book honors, however, belong to Warner Law, another veteran, with "The Harry Hastings method," a comedy-mystery about a burglar, .with aspirations to be a writer, who carries on a running dialogue with a television writer (via typewritten notes) whose home he robs from time to time. The plot, style and outcome are perfect. Detective stories are often dull and dreary and filled with violence and unneeded 'language, but this collection proves that a good many mystery writers are still around. — Doug Thompson Unknown heros SLOTH AND HEATHEN FOLLY. By Edward L. Robinson. Macmillan, 373 Pages. $8.95. We are well aware of the duties of servicemen, ranging from heroics in combat to KP duty. But we know less about that special group of government workers whose purpose is to help keep the peace by squashing international rumblings and to offer assistance in various ways. Here is an interesting novel, by a former Foreign Service Information Officer, explaining the operations of these government career people who usually remain in the shadows of obscurity. Character study and the importance of personality and temperament in communicating with others of foreign background—religion, culture, language—seems to be the main thought in the story. Henry Parker, an officer in the U.S. Information Service, is the hero. His enthusiasm for his job has cost him the loss of his wife, who returns to the conveniences and comforts of her native United States. Henry is as right for his job as a person should be who holds such a sensitive position. He is assigned to the backwater area of Gamalia, a mythical country in Asia; now, after several years he is to be reassigned. How difficult for him to leave these wonderful people, whose philosophy of life teaches them to live in quiet contentment. The story tells of the frustrations of the government staff who are puzzled about the true worth of their efforts on foreign soil. "In this business you lose a lot more than you win. But once in a while, you can actually make something happen. ..."Henry is told by his superior, the American ambassador. The author has a lovely style of writing to describe the colorful beauty of the Orient and the gentleness of its people. The characterizations and dialogue are very interesting. Henry's goodby to his beloved Gamalia is extremely touching. The story is in low key, except for a little tension when Henry visits the leader of an insurgent group. They arrive at a peaceful agreement but there are more fireworks, and in Rudyard Kipling's words: "Watch Sloth and heathen Folly Bring all your hope to nought." Helen Joseph Complex mystery MY ENEMY'S FRIEND. By Helena Osborne. Coward, Me- Cann. 252 Pages. $6.95. Dr. Steven Latimer is a not very ambitious English physician who has just finished a tour of duty in the scroungy little sheikdom of Panjeh on the Persian Gulf—which does not have oil, as most of the others do. He is amazed, on his return to London, to find himself accused by a woman who says that 25 years before he had seduced her very young daughter, and that now, ou( in Beirut, he has been "pestering" the daughter again. Determined to clear up the mystery, Dr. Latimer goes out to find the daughter—who happens now to be a red hot Marxist, engaged in helping a pretender to overthrow the sheik of Panjeh. At first the doctor thinks an old friend in British intelligence, who later became a spiteful enemy, used his name for the seduction scene and now has been shadowing the woman Marxist to protect British interests. But that wasn't really the way it was. It turns out that a small oil combine has learned that there really is oil in Panjeh, and is using the revolutionary movement as a smoke screen, so that it can beat out the big oil combines. This novel is in the category of romantic suspense, combining a lot of action with a theme of romance. This is only the second novel by the author, but she already has demonstrated her skill in the field where Helen Maclnnes and Phyllis Whitney have been working.. 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