Franks Evans, US Marine, CIA Operative. Johnny Gould, disheartened California dreamer. Harry Doughty, happy-go-lucky incorrigible rascal. Ansel Bean, privileged nerd, misanthrope. Collect the above, add a sundry of stunning Asian temptresses, barons of industry, and intractable washouts and the reader is served a feast of erotic adventure, delight, passion, illusion, tragedy and ruin.