The likable debut of would-be series hero Gideon Oliver--an anthropology prof who, in this first outing, strays into an espionage maze of unusual murkiness (even by spy-fi standards). Arriving in Germany to lecture in a program for US Army-base personnel, Oliver is recruited by NATO security: they want him to keep his eyes and ears open as he visits camps in Germany and Sicily . . . because something fishy seems to be going on. And soon, then, Oliver becomes the target of spies and counter-spies--barely escaping death, finding time for a lusty affair with teacher Janet Feller, and eventually using his anthropological expertise to nail the traitor everyone's been looking for. Despite the routine spy action: a promising opener--with nicely evoked German/Italian backgrounds, a good-natured (if slightly incredulous) hero, and Prof. Elkins' clever use of Prof. Oliver's anthropology background.