For esoteric palates, his first novel, whose grandly imaged prose and orgiastic emotions trace Ella Kinney's twenty four hours at Crow Field. Coming from Iowa, at the cryptic instigation of playwright Arthur, to replace stago manager Clem, who has vanished, Ella's introduction to the New England theatre troupe is prefaced by a phantasmageric trip from the train to Crow Field, and the party in her honor releases further unbalance of emotional disturbances. The Director and her fabulous hold on the company, the engine of the housekeeper, and the conflicting personalities of the group are background for Ella's secret campaign to discover whether Clem has been murdered. Her nightmare sleep, the theft of the Director's jeweled belt, the destruction of the grounds, and a rehearsal of Arthur's play wind up the actual events. It is the mental excitement of monstrous and lunatic dreams, tales reeking with the bric-a-brac of psychological and psychiatric recall that give a flashing- if sometimes wearing- distinction to the book. For a specialized market -- perhaps the Eudora Welty audience.