Just because suicidal district nurse Vanessa Wootten is paranoid (and manic-depressive too), does that mean that nobody's out to get her? She insists to nurse/detective Kate Kinsella (Deadly Errand, 1992) that someone's following her and making threatening calls; but no one who knows Vanessa's medical history (two psychiatric hospitalizations before her present suicide attempt) believes her, and even Kate has trouble swallowing some of her wilder accusations--that she was raped by her ex-lover, constable Paul Oakby, and terrorized by her estranged sister Sheila's onetime fiancÇ Colin Tiffield. In the meantime, murder (beginning with a harmless elderly patient of hers) has been following Vanessa almost as closely as unsuitable men. Whether or not she's right about being persecuted, somebody's sure telling a pack of lies. Overloaded with people and incidents (some of them fascinating, like Kate's all-night vigil with a suicidal young doctor) that obscure the strong central situation here. But Green's inventive powers are almost as prodigious as Vanessa's.