Cyrus Hatch is a professor in criminology -- and his father is police commissioner in New York. He doesn't expect to stick his neck out when he comes to a town in mid-Pennsylvania to take over a country newspaper which he has inherited. But he -- and his ""bodygard"" Danny, are involved in a phony hold-up on their way to the town, and are served with a summons before they set foot over the threshold. The fireworks begin -- there's a libel suit, a much-to-be-desired murder -- an assault case -- and two cases of concealed identities before you get through. Suspense well sustained and story well told.