The usual Thomas suspense formula: so-so, fancy-foolish plot. ting very nearly redeemed by offbeat humor and dandy dialogue. This time: President Jerome McKay's brother Bingo has been kidnapped by hijacking Libyans; they send the Prez his brother's ear and promise the rest of him piecemeal unless their top terrorist Felix--whom they believe to be in CIA custody--is returned to them. Felix, in fact, is dead--and his killer has teamed up with a young computer criminal to ransom the dead man's fingers to a hoodwinked Libya and Israel. But the Prez is in the dark about all this and arranges for ex-Congressman Chubb Dunjee--the ""Mordida Man""--to go looking for Felix; Chubb does so, looking for leads in London, aided by beautiful, multi-lingual Delft Csider. Eventually everyone wants to help get Bingo back home--and the novel is capped by a conventional shoot-'em-up on a small Maltese island. Smart, Pinter-esque chat abounding, but little real substance or tension: reliable mock-suspense for Thomas' loyal fans.