..... and all around the town, this is an overpopulated novel and a not too thoroughly conducted tour of a number of situations in a number of sections which are circumstantially connected by the murder of a dock worker, Frank Kelly. His brother Mike Kelly, a dress designer, is picked up by the police; Tommy, a newspaperman, assigned to the case, contacts Elaine, an art student, to whom Mike had delivered a dress at the time of the murder, and falls in love with her. And there are also Lars and Tina, who have too much money- and nothing to buy; Glendenning, a publisher; Iola, his wife, who doesn't want a child; and Pat, his mistress, who cannot have one; Maury Gottlieb, a jeweller, with philanthropic interests; Ted, who runs away from his family's influence, and elopes with a girl they cannot possibly approve; etc. etc. And so, pretty much like the cat that ate the rat that ate the cheese, this makes the rounds of rich and poor neighborhoods, cavesdrops here- and there- to no particular purpose.