A downer in the author's prolific, uneven string of novels (Thinner Than Water, etc.). Thirtyish Rachel Gardner, recent heiress to a small fortune, arrives in Adelaide, Australia, expecting to be met by brother Ian, a solid young businessman. He fails to show. Rachel cabs to the house near the beach where he rooms with Alex and Maria Constoupolis, who haven't seen him either. No one calls the cops. Rachel sleeps off her jet lag and wakes to find her hosts gone--not on a talked-about vacation, as it turns out, but back to Greece. Rachel then meets Ian's friend Peter Wellman, his at-odds parents and Ian's girlfriend Eudora, all of them ignorant of his whereabouts. The police, led by Detective Sergeant Ross, finally make it to the scene, which is now a tangle of fake suicide notes, poisoned drinks, adultery, mistaken identity, kidnapping and drug dealing, all narrated with bloodless monotony. Dreary stuff, despite its cheerful outcome and pallid romance. No boon for Adelaide's Chamber of Commerce, or for Ferrars fans.