Since any assassination attempt is an attention-getter (cf. psychiatrist Ambrose) this is the ultimate heist as one Lars Colonius, a psychotic with an I.Q. of 164, shakes the hand of the Vice-President he had planned to gun down and goes on to pull off something bigger. Once he disposes of creepy Billy-Joe Armbruster down the hall, a petty criminal, and organizes his helper, a mental retardate. From then on the voice of Lars Colonius Armageddon is louder than that of the turtle and a nationwide attempt, headed by Dr. Ambrose, is made to identify him before he effects what he threatens during a telethon which will convert the studio into a parking lot. As is often the case in books of this kind, the set-up is catchier than the finale but it's tricky, theatrical or rather cinematic stuff which is over before you can count down to ten.