Told in the first person by Maitre Lucien Gobillot who has a name for getting his clients off, this is a dossier on himself in which, using his legal expertness, he examines the path he has taken and the belief that all will end badly. For a year young Yvette has been his mistress after he has cleared her of a holdup charge. For a year he has let his marriage, his social life and his profession deteriorate, and all the time Yvette has followed her own interest in other men always returning to Gobillot. She has introduced Jeanine into his life and made her a part of their sexual experiences; she is now involved with an ambitious young doctor who wants to marry her and Gobillot can only hope she will again return to him. She vanishes -- and is found murdered by the doctor and Gobillot refuses to stay out of the case. Here is man's fear of himself, his knowledge of the thing that is happening and his inability to stop it, and the ways in which he has allowed himself to reach a cynical, despairing acceptance. An unsparing case history for the clinically minded.