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July 28, 1996|CHARLES SOLOMON

MEN IN BLACK by Scott Spencer (Berkley: $6.99, 338 pp.). Success has eluded Sam Holland, the narrator of this darkly funny novel. He's been reduced to writing bilge under pseudonyms to support his family while his "serious" novels languish in obscurity. When his book of made-up information about UFOs becomes a surprise bestseller, Sam has to pose as his pseudonym for talk-show interviews. At the same time, his real identity is being challenged by his troubled son and marital infidelities. Unable to function as himself or his alter-ego, Sam risks turning into one of the mysterious "Men in Black," disguised aliens UFO adherents believe are conducting an interplanetary disinformation campaign.

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