A prophetic drama of international politics, The 38th Floor begins with a threat of nuclear war with China and ends with a manhunt through Manhattan.
The world teeters on the brink when John Burden, an African-American, is elevated unexpectedly to acting Secretary-General of the United Nations. In short order Burden finds himself in danger of going down in U.S. history as “the great black traitor.”
In the genre of the political novel, The 38th Floor is a masterly blend of action, character, and ideas. The Times Literary Supplement (London), called it
“High-powered political fiction.”