A clever- to almost caricatural- portrait of a small college campus, an agonized group of people among the faculty and students as they are involved in the murder of a professor, brilliant, romantic Kevin Boyle. Under his influence were Kolly Morrison, student and misfit, the hysterical type who falsely confesses to the murder; Freda Cramm, an overbearing, overripe blonde whose pursuit of Boyle had failed; George Hungerford, an older professor who considers Boyle his protege. As scandal grows, to the horror of the authorities, Molly and Hungerford become increasingly unstable, until the revelation of Hungerford's split personality brings solution of the mystery -- and he is taken to the asylum. Extremes of the psychopathic and the comic are not always in harmony. For a first novel, this shows capable writing.