Author: Thomas, D. M.
Publisher: Viking, New York
Publication Date: 1988
Edition: First American Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: VG
Comments: D-j has shelf wear. Bump on top right front corner.
Synopsis: The title alludes to no lofty poetic height but rather to the occasion of a summit meeting in Geneva between American President Vince “Tiger” O’Reilly and his Soviet counterpart Premier Grobichov. O’Reilly, aged 75, is a onetime movie actor on the other side of creeping senility. Grobichov is an antagonist in full possession of his wits as well as a beautiful “blond bombshell of a wife,” young enough to be his daughter and she turns out to be his daughter. The result is sheer slapstick spiked with sado-masochistic spouse-switching and a few bloodcurdling misunderstandings, such as when space-wars weaponry called Independent Unilateral Defense (IUD) is confused with the birth control device. This outrageous vaudeville is shrewd, inventive, witty and at times funny, but it is also puerile, tasteless and repellent. If the cretinous Tiger has much to answer for, so does Thomas himself.