Picks and Pans Review: The Führer Seed

updated 10/01/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Gus Weill

When a young Berlin politician is revealed as the son of Hitler and Eva Braun, the magic name brings out the largest number of voters ever, and he is elected mayor. His secret backers are a group of 80-year-olds who supported his father and are receiving unlimited funds from Libya's Colonel Qaddafi. This novel starts with a sensational gambit and then plays tasteless games. Real people like Bill Buckley, Dan Rather (who praises the book in a jacket blurb) and Barbara Walters (who interviews young Hitler) are used purely for titillation. Although able to construct vivid scenes, Weill is shameless in his inclusion of cannibalism and other perversions. Would you believe a gorgeous young sadomasochistic widow with $400 million who falls for Hitler junior? Neither do we. (Morrow, $9.95)

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