Signet misclassifies the Tanner books as mysteries, hoping to take advantage of Block's unblemished reputation as an exceptional mystery writer. However, the Tanner books aren't mysteries. Rather, they are humorous spy/espionage/adventure novels set in the late 1960s. They are wonderful books, and I highly recommend this and the others in the series. But just don't expect a mystery, despite what the cover tells you.
Globe-trotting spy Evan Tanner has just accepted a daunting assignment: He's agreed to find a heartsick friend's long-lost love - and smuggle her out of Russia.
Everyone Evan meets on his trek across Eastern Europe is desperate for a one-way ticket to America - and for many of those people, he's the only hope. There's a subversive Yugoslavian author, a six year-old future queen of Lithuania, and the beautiful woman Evan's been sent to rescue - a sexy Latvian gymnast who wants to bring her eleven swinging teammates along for the ride.
Now Evan has to find a way to get his unruly brood of political refugees safely onto U.S. soil. Some might say it's an impossible task, but Evan always finishes what he's started - even when his own life is on the line....