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If his friends walked into the bookstore (A) Boris had a stack of car magazines as camouflage, (B) but he was really reading Better Homes and Gardens, studying decorating ideas (C) to spruce up his first apartment.

You wanted to do this:

If his friends walked into the bookstore Boris had a stack of car magazines as camouflage but he was really reading Better Homes and Gardens, studying decorating ideas to spruce up his first apartment.

Removing the comma before the coordinating conjunction but creates an error. This but connects two main clauses, so you do indeed need that comma.

You might want to review the rules.

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