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The Outsider as Baboon

April 12, 1987

In his snide and condescending review of Dean Koontz's "Watchers" (The Book Review, March 8), Paul Wilner correctly describes Einstein as a dog with human intelligence. However, he identifies The Outsider as "a hybrid canine breed" and states that "the two are to be a sort of Good Dog, Bad Dog team." A simple reading of the novel shows that The Outsider is not a hybrid dog but a genetically engineered creature whose biological basis is a baboon. If Wilner cannot correctly comprehend such surface details as description, how are we to take seriously his larger analysis?

BENTLEY LITTLE

Fullerton

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