THE LIONHEADS by Joshua Bunting. A novelized indictment of military ambition and callousness during one Viet Nam battle, written by a 32-year-old former infantry major who served with the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia.
THE LATE GREAT CREATURE by Brock Brower. An oldtime horror-movie actor attempts to refurbish the glories of the gothic and macabre traditions in a time of cheap thrills.
THE SUNLIGHT DIALOGUES by John Gardner. In the finest novel of the year wisdom and magic turn a small American town into the metaphysical crossroads of the modern world.