In his second full-length Uncle George story, Pentecost races through a razzle-dazzle plot that comes to a screeching, explanatory halt in the last few pages. Retired lawyer-philosopher George Crowder discovers the sadistic murder of Paul Camargo, buried alive in woods near George's New England cabin. Another death soon follows: the seemingly accidental demise of Paul's girlfriend Anne Hopkins. Then George's beloved twelve-year-old nephew Joey disappears. So George goes searching for Joey, a quest that leads him to the palatial estate of Anne's millionaire stepfather Lucius Hopkins--who shuns the locals and was violently opposed to his stepdaughter's affair with Paul. And, after George finds the bludgeoned body of the estate's guard, state and local police enter the picture. . . for a confrontation with Hopkins and a fast windup. Clumsy and barely credible--but you won't put it down.