When Timothy Burnham, a minor White House speech writer, unexpectedly becomes the President's chief political confidant and all-round advisor he also receives the attention of the Soviets, who see him as a conduit to Oval Office secrets. Jolted out of a humdrum existence when his wife sends him packing, Burnham struggles to cope with his failing marriage, the demands of a garrulous President, and the charms of Eva Pym, an irresistible and unwilling Soviet agent. Author Benchley deploys his skillfully drawn characters in an intriguing plot using just the right amounts of suspense, action, and humor to provide a very readable and thoroughly entertaining spy thriller. Enthusiastically recommended for popular fiction collections. Brian Alley, Sangamon State Univ. Lib., Springfield, Ill.