Lindbergh's Son

by John Vernon. Viking, $17.95. The reader is asked to believe that Mr. Vernon’s first-person narrator is a brain preserved in a laboratory jar. When the owner was intact and at large, he suffered what must be one of the most complicated identity crises ever concocted by an author bent on bewildering his audience. That Charles Cooper—the brain in question — thought himself to be either the kidnapped or an illegitimate son of Charles Lindbergh is merely the start of a family history convoluted beyond reasonable endurance or belief.