THE END OF TRAGEDY by Rachel Ingalls (Simon & Schuster; $16.95). Four novellas by an author who already commands a formidable cult following. This time out, as before, she rubs against the grain of tired old plots and creates electrifying, hair-raising results.
RICHARD BURTON: A LIFE by Melvyn Bragg (Little, Brown; $22.95). This meticulous biography includes generous quotations from the subject's letters and a 350,000-word private diary; the result is a portrait of a vivid actor who approached language with the same passion he lavished on Elizabeth Taylor.
THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie (Viking; $19.95). Charges of blasphemy against...