Closer to a straight novel than most suspense stories, the author creates a whole town full of characters. Anthony Brydon, the youngest solicitor in seaside Sandling, is almost aimless at the start-- ready to fall in love, needing a sense of purpose. A handy secretary provides the first, and a number of mysterious political pressures, all pushing toward the redevelopment of one side of town, supplies the second. He begins digging into the ownership of the real estate and unearths some passive and active skeletons. It's a master blend of violence, love and law.