It's Bagby-and-Inspector-Schmidt time (it always seems to be Bagby-and-Inspector-Schmidt time) when the bullet-killed body of a ""malnourished white male"" materializes in Manhattan with a letter of introduction to Geo. Bagby in its pocket. 'Tis the body of George's idol, Latin-American dissident poet Pablo O'Regan, of course, recently snuck (when alive) into the US by a N.Y. dilettante soldier of fortune. Other undernourished expatriates turn up on George's homey doorstep, and then the soldier of fortune himself is eliminated, as is, after a while, his anti-Communist millionaire father. Don't let the political stick-ons fool you; this is standard Bagby--nicely neighborhooded in N.Y. but talky, edgeless, and endless.