By Gene Lyons
May 23, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

Los Alamos

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As Ernest Hemingway knew, few tales are more enduring than forbidden love in wartime. First-time novelist Joseph Kanon’s spy tale set against the Manhattan Project, provides a fresh twist on the theme: A slain security officer, a skeptical Army investigator summoned to New Mexico to determine whether the murder had anything to do with an attempt to steal atom bomb secrets, and a reckless, enigmatic Englishwoman unhappily married to one of the project’s top scientists provide the mix. The atmospherics are exactly right: Los Alamos brings back an era when a secret was really a secret and a lie wasn’t necessarily a sin. A-

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