A novel of compulsion, of a need of self-justification, which employs the suspense technique as implied in the title. For Walter Williams, safe in his job at a department store, afraid of jeopardizing that job, breaks through the traces to help a boy he had first turned down when he was appealed to for help. His search leads him to a strange bar, to a pair of suicides, to a mind reader and to a band of wild, lawless boys and ends with the threat of danger to himself. But Walter learns- and denies- the vital importance of being true to not only himself but his beliefs and the impossibility of following through in the face of public scorn and careless disregard... Handled in deference to the Hitchoock tradition, this has elements of dramatic tension, of betrayal only minutely softened by trust and achievement. New York City and suburbs.