Fear and uncertainty abound at Tomorrow magazine--office shake-ups, nasty anonymous practical jokes--so new publisher Mark Exeter (a Rupert Murdoch sort) hires shamus Nick Nicoletti to track down the office joker . . . and, while he's at it, to document the busy sex life of Exeter's soon-to-be-divorced wife, actress Vanessa Wills. Before Nick can complete the two assignments, however, Exeter is found murdered in his office--leaving behind plenty of highly motivated suspects. Leading the list: managing editor Eli Patterson, nowhere to be found, whose exposÃ‰ of Brandon Motors was quashed by Exeter; religion editor Byron Manes, who's deeply involved with Vanessa; unstable girl reporter Thee Marlow, who was in love with Exeter--a man of far-flung sexual interests. And, with crucial help from aged office-boy Eddie (who becomes victim #2) plus lots of legwork (most of it out-of-town and beside the point), Nick nails the not-too-surprising culprit. First-novelist George, ""publicity director of a national magazine that somewhat resembles Tomorrow,"" strains for the trendy here, with a wide-eyed, sentimentalized view of kinky sex and multi-media references galore. But the dominant tone is actually closer to old-fashioned pulp, harking back even as far as The Front Page in the corny newsroom ambience--so, thanks to the fast pace and some vivid minor characters, this is finally just a passable private-eye diversion, only very slightly spiced by the magazine-world setting.