Pierre Dushon, son of the Soledade dictator, has been poisoned. The SIA fears the dictator will wrongly blame neighboring Casturo, friendly to the US. Al must steal the body, hidden by the superstitious people in the catacombs.
The SIA wants proof Nazi war criminal Karl Muller has a new identify. It is in the safe of Luigi Dimontelli, son of a Fascist Italy bureaucrat. Luigi loves opera. The SIA persuades a diva to perform for him. Al poses as her manager.
Al impersonates a magician and, accompanied by the magician's assistant, goes to a European principality to steal the negatives of compromising photos of a US Congressman, who is being blackmailed into supporting the country.
Al's simple task this time involves the recovery of a set of papers from a wall safe but, the safe is in a house located somewhere behind the Berlin Wall. Breaking in is the first trick, breaking back out again is the real challenge.
In Part 2 of this Cold War plot, Al reluctantly returns to the home of the East German general from whom he has stolen a set of papers, in order to plant disinformation about another character, in the safe.
Mundy is ordered to attend a foreign film festival and steal the only copy of an avant-garde motion picture. The movie's director accidentally filmed eleven American spies making a drop at a location behind the Iron Curtain and if the film is premiered the agents will all soon be captured or dead.
Al must steal a document hidden in a scientific paper at a conference in Rome. The SIA doesn't know which of the 100 papers contains the document. Al deduces that the paper will be handled by a high-value fence, Grobo, and schemes to get on his good side by stealing the Kimberly Diamond and having Grobo fence it for him. Al comes up with a unique solution to obtain the key paper before it's delivered to Grobo, while also keeping the diamond (that the SIA returns).
Daniel Ryder's electronics firm has won a defense contract, but the SIA suspects the reclusive billionaire is being impersonated. Al's old flame Nina Gray is involved with the firm. Can Al trust her help and will she be in danger?
Dodie Dubois is a terrible actress with a reclusive rich elderly boyfriend financing her movie career. He is also developing missile technology with countries hostile to the US. Al poses as a distribution agent to find and stop Wolfgang.
Dodie's genius little brother Herbie gets nabbed as a potential bargaining chip but is let go. He is pressured to produce from memory a math formula for new rocket fuel. Al finds Herbie and Wolfgang in time.
The brother of the ruler of La Monica has stolen the crown jewels. They are on Clayton Hewitt's moat surrounded estate. The SIA wants to recover them, but Al gets injured. He and Noah hoodwink Al's protégé into doing the heist for them.
The SIA orders Mundy to give a Washington, D.C., party in hopes he can nab the pickpocket who recently invaded a similar event in order to find a microdot. Complications arise when an acquaintance arrives with a bomb strapped to him in hopes that Mundy can disarm it.
While on a mission to discredit a crack thief of an adversarial spy group, Mundy discovers the thief murdered during assignment and learns that he is an additional target of the other thief's mysterious assassin.
Costa d'Oro secretary Ortega plans a Communist coup in the region and commits it to a paper the SIA wants. Al arouses the suspicions of locals loyal to El Presidente, and must deal with his unreliable contact, palace guest Laurie Brooks.
The SIA wants a notebook in the old 1920's era safe of Domino Club owner Manny Grayson. Al wants old San Jobel pal Rocky to help. Noah alludes to Frankenstein's Monster and warns Al of trouble if Rocky gets involved.
A SAC bomber with three nuclear weapons aboard crashes. The bombs are recovered but the 3311 "Black Box", a failsafe device that receives the plane's "Go Order" direct from the President, is missing and being held for ransom. Al Mundy must outbid the Russians and retrieve the device.
After receiving the message "Dangerous Weapon Inside: Code 409" from two S.I.A. agents in the Far East, who may be have been killed, Noah sends Al and Dr. Hopkins to Japan to retrieve the prototype for a portable, hand-held laser gun.