Picks and Pans Review: To the Eagle's Nest

updated 09/01/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/01/1980 01:00AM

by Joseph DiMona

Four Hollywood stars (including a 15-year-old nymphet whose CIA agent father has taught her all sorts of unsavory tricks) and their Jewish director are kidnapped while in Germany making a film about Hitler. The terrorists who nab them plan to expose a growing neo-Nazi group by hanging the actors. You guessed it; none of this overplotted yarn quite makes sense. The hero, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer, loves one of the actresses, a Jane Fonda type—beautiful, brainy and left-wing—who's cast as Eva Braun. It is curious how one of history's worst periods has become such a favorite theme of trash novels. DiMona's is no trashier than others—just more tasteless in its mix of sex, sadism, death and trendy titillation. "The enormity of what was happening was numbing his mind," the author says of one character. It also happens to readers of novels like this one. (Morrow, $10.95)

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