An international CIA-KGB-Chinese-Intelligence fairy tale in the Ian Fleming tradition--solemnly delivered comic-strip action with echoes of Dr. Fu Manchu. David Lincoln, formerly a top CIA agent but now a pariah (because he spilled CIA Vietnam horror-secrets to the Senate), is begged by the desperate US Secretary of State to undertake a super-secret mission: elderly Peng Hsi-lin, Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China, wants to defect to the West, and David is the only agent who's sharp enough to handle the travel arrangements. But within moments after David reluctantly accepts this assignment, other forces go into action to prevent Peng's defection: there's Admiral Bull Marston, the tiresomely blustery head of the CIA; pudgy Georgi Simonev, head of ""The Protectors,"" a supremely secret group reporting directly to the Soviet Chairman; and Yuan Tung-Lsieh, the aged, crippled, insidiously cunning head of Chinese Intelligence. And, despite the help (sexual and otherwise) of Peng's granddaughter Marianne Wang, the transfer does fall through--when Peng is kidnapped out of David's hands in Hong Kong. . . by the Chinese Mafia! So all three heads of the rival spy systems meet for a dinner in Hong Kong and decide to pool their services in recovering Peng. Worse yet for David, he then discovers that Marianne is actually out to kill grandpa Peng herself (because he drove her father mad). Random violence, heavy viands, vodka, and caviar--a busy batch of empty convolutions from the author of the equally forgettable The Unicorn Group (1979).