Charles Hood is commissioned to find out who's been undermining the prestige of Kristoby's, London Art Dealers, by slipping them some very fine forgeries. He backtracks to Teheran, a black market mecca for one Sergeant Bannion and a smuggler's paradise for Malik. the town's wily manipulator. Then there's filthy rich and dirty pool playing Degado. known to his discomfort as ""the man who bought the best fakes,"" and determined to get even. A fantastic archaeological discovery doubles the take and the Hood-wink series carries on. . . and on. . . .