Ronald Pope, a professional executioner and performer in the sack with infallible powers, is hired to dispose of a South African Prime Minister in a fashion which will appear to be suicide rather than murder -- eliminating any political repercussions. With the help of a young woman whose husband is an alcoholic whom he hurries back into a clinic so that he can assume his identity, they board the ship carrying the P.M. and some ineffectual detectives and the pills he purchased promising permanent sleep. . . . Without a twinge of conscience but patently, potently exciting.